Boston city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 667,137 in 2015, making it the largest city in New England and the 23rd most populous city in the United States.The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.7 million people in 2014 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country.
Boston’s early European settlers had first called the area Trimountaine (after its “three mountains”—only traces of which remain today) but later renamed it Boston after Boston, Lincolnshire, England, the origin of several prominent colonists. The renaming, on September 7, 1630 (Old Style), was by Puritan colonists from England,who had moved over from Charlestown earlier that year in quest of fresh water. Their settlement was initially limited to the Shawmut Peninsula, at that time surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay and Charles River and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The peninsula is known to have been inhabited as early as 5000 BC.
1. Commercial Street Train Railroad
2. Boston, Massachusetts. Back Bay from the State House dome_c1904
3. North End Beach – Kids in Water_dateUnknown
4. Commuters in Lowell, 1941. Photographed by Jack Delano
5. Members of Boston City Council and Housing Authority looked over the West End housing conditions on Brighton Street
6. Demolition between Hanover Ave. and Harris St., North End 1936
7. 1960 Plymouth Belvedere hardtop on Boston street, 1964
8. Aerial North End Waterfront 1928 – (Courtesy of Boston Public Library)
9. Constitution Beach – Within Sight and Sound of Logan Airport’s Takeoff Runway. _c1973
10. Singleton House on Charter St. – 1898
11. Beacon Street at Bowdoin, Ward 6, Boston, Massachusetts._c1906
12. Captured Rum Runner Brought to the Appraiser’s Stores – c. 1917-1934
13. Cleveland Place block, North End, showing rooftop overcrowding (from Boston Tenement album) 1935
14. The Boston and Maine railroad shops in Billerica, 1942. Photographed by Albert Freeman.
15. North End aerial with gas tank (Courtesy of Boston Public Library)
Old Photos of Boston (1895 – 1915)
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