THE BAY IN THE BACK

This is a nice little piece of Boston history. Most people don’t realize almost all of modern Boston began as landfill projects. I believe Back Bay was the first major city area built on landfill.

This is Real Life.

boston_1630_1675The year was 1630. They looked across a swampy bay that seemed somewhat eerie in how quiet it was. They could see their boats in the distance bobbing up and down in their newly made harbor. The smell of the mud and animals wafted up toward them as they stared into the future of what this land could behold.

Almost 400 hundred years later, I looked across the same water. It was in a very different shape now; wrinkles and hills still shaping the streets of the old city. Boston has been shaped and melded into an industrial, financial, and scholarly city that is very different from its beginnings.

I was taken to Boston the new-fangled way, a very different trip than the first settlers. Boston Logan International Airport is fairly atypical for a large city because it’s so close to downtown. It took a quick subway ride to get to…

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  1. The earth is continually changing and we have to adapt.
    Leslie

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  2. Very interesting. Much of the east and west coasts were boggy. They were estuaries, the birthplace of new sea life.

    My mother’s family came from Europe in about the same era and farmed near where Wall Street now exists. The son of that family became mayor of Fort Orange, aka Albany, New York.

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    • It’s interesting how much of our east and west coasts are land fill. If the ocean levels really rise, these place will all return to their swampy origins! I grew up in New York, so I knew a little about the history of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the two boroughs with large areas of landfill. I don’t think there’s much fill in the other three borough, or at least not that I’m aware of. Thanks for writing! I love history.

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      • How about the Back Bay for the Brooklyn Bridge, cash and a player to be named later.

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