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Birthplace of the American Revolution. Boston retains the old, while creating the new, providing visitors with a perfect mix.
Birthplace of the American Revolution. Boston retains the old, while creating the new, providing visitors with a perfect mix.

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Birthplace of the American Revolution. Boston retains the old, while creating the new, providing visitors with a perfect mix. Explore it on foot or take the "T" the nation's first subway.

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1991: The Big Dig

The new central artery/ tunnel, aka the the Big Dig, is the most technologically challenging highway project in the country.

The $15 billion project plans to alleviate Boston arterial traffic congestion by 2005.

1958: Freedom Trail Opened

This historical walking tour was established, with its familiar red brick and paint connecting the city's sights.

It was based on a 1951 Boston Herald Traveler column by William Scofield, and was the first of its kind in the US.

1897: Subway Opened

The Tremont Street subway the first underground in the US, was opened on September 1 to ease road congestion.
It cost $4.4 million to construct and the initial fare was five cents.

This single line grew into the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority (MBTA) with 181 routes and 252 stations.

1886: City Expanded

Boston assumed its modern form with the filling in of Back Bay and the completion of Franklin Park, the final link in the Emerald Necklace.

1863: Black Boston Went to War

Following decades of agitation to abolish slavery, the city sent the country's first African-American regiment to join Union forces in the Civil War.
The regiment was honored by the Shaw Memorial on Boston Common.

1848: Boston Public Library Founded

The Boston Public Library was established as the first publicly supported municipal library in the US.

In 1895 the library moved into the Italianate "Palace of the people" on Copley Square.

1845: Irish Arrived

Irish fleeing the potato famine arrived in Boston in tens of thousands, many eventually settling in the south of the city.

By 1900 the Irish are dominant ethnic group in Boston. They flexed their political muscle accordingly by securing the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960.
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