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Bird's Eye Boston: 1890s

Bird's Eye Boston: 1890s

Circa 1890s Boston, Massachusetts. "Birdseye view of Charlestown & Bunker Hill Monument." Note the number and variety of fenced "roof yards." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

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An ancient little town

This appears to have been taken approximately from a location above the modern Rt. 1, a little to the east of Warren Street. St. Mary's Church is on the lower left, while Winthrop Square, which served as a training ground for colonial militia in the seventeenth century, is the tree-filled area on the lower right. The Bunker Hill Monument, of course, celebrates the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, during which most of Charlestown was burned by the British in an effort to clear out Patriot snipers.

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