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Commonwealth Avenue (often abbreviated "Comm Ave" by locals) is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at the western edge of the Public Garden, and continuing west through the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and the suburbs of Brighton and Chestnut Hill. It continues as part of Route 30 through Newton until it crosses the Charles River at the Weston border. Flag Seal Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Geographical characteristics Area     City 232. ... The Boston Public Garden is one portion of a large park located in the heart Boston, Massachusetts. ... Back Bay is the name of several places and neighborhoods in the world, including: Back Bay, Boston Back Bay, New Brunswick This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... View of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Kenmore Square is a square in Boston, Massachusetts near Fenway Park, consisting of the intersection of several main avenues, (including Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue) as well as several other cross streets, and Kenmore Station, a T stop. ... Brighton is a section of the city of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston College and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir Located 6 miles west of Boston, Chestnut Hill is notable for its stately old houses, scenic landscape and the historic campus of Boston College. ... Route 30 is an east-west arterial, connecting Grafton with Kenmore Square in Boston. ... Nickname: The Garden City Settled: 1639 â€“ Incorporated: 1688 Zip Code(s): 02459 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ... Charles River in Cambridge The Charles River is a small, relatively short Massachusetts river that separates Boston from Cambridge and Charlestown. ... Seal of Weston, MA Weston is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ...


Often termed "Boston's Grand Boulevard" in the Parisian tradition, the street is divided at center by a large median (named the Commonwealth Avenue Mall) with greenery and statuary from its origin until it reaches Kenmore Square. It is this greenway that links the Public Garden and Boston Common to the rest of the Emerald Necklace. Upon reaching Kenmore, the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch rises above ground and dominates the center of the roadway through the Boston University Charles River Campus to the Newton border where it ends near Boston College. The section in Newton is made up of two roadways separated by a grassy, tree-lined median. The south side of the roadway contains the main, two-lane east-west roadway, with a one-way, westbound "carriage road" providing local access on the north side of the median. City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur Tossed by the waves, she does not founder Coordinates : , Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) Administration Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Département Paris (75) Région ÃŽle-de-France Mayor Bertrand Delanoë (PS) City (commune) Characteristics Land Area 86. ... View of the Water Celebration, on Boston Common, October 25th 1848 For the NBC series, see Boston Common (TV series) Boston Common is Boston, Massachusetts most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States. ... The Emerald Necklace is a long string of parks in Boston, Massachusetts designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and maintained by the City of Boston and Town of Brookline. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... For the unrelated Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... This article is about Boston College; for the unaffiliated urban university, see Boston University. ... The second proper album of Beth Orton, Central Reservation helped Orton build on the success of her debut Trailer Park. ...


The roadway, with the median, was originally constructed in Newton in 1895 with a line of the Middlesex and Boston Street Railway in the median. Train service was cut back to its present terminus at the Boston border in 1930 and buses last ran on Commonwealth Avenue in 1976. An amusement park and ballroom, known as Norumbega Park (More information from the Auburndale Community Association), was built at the end of the line on the Charles River in 1897 to increase streetcar patronage. Several boathouses were built along the "Lakes District" of the Charles, stretching several miles from a dam in Waltham and as many as 5,000 canoes would crowd the waters on weekend days in the summer. As the auto became more prevalent in the 1950s, the park closed, and the ballroom vanished in 1964, although the tracks and foundations of some of the rides can still be found north of the road. Charles River Canoe and Kayak began offering canoe rentals in the old police boathouse in the early 1970s, reincarnating a tradition of boating on the river. A Marriott hotel now occupies most of the site of the ballroom. The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Waltham on the banks of the Charles river Often called the true birthplace of the industrial revolution, Waltham is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... A canoe is a relatively small boat, typically human-powered, but also commonly sailed. ... Marriott International, Inc. ...


Statuary on the Mall

Statue of Samuel Eliot Morison on the mall.
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Statue of Samuel Eliot Morison on the mall.

Starting at the Public Garden, the following statues can be seen on the mall: RAdm Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), USN historian Samuel Eliot Morison, RAdm, USNR (July 9, 1887 – May 15, 1976) was an American historian, notable for producing scholarly works that were both authoritative and highly readable, an ability recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes. ... The Boston Public Garden is one portion of a large park located in the heart Boston, Massachusetts. ...

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American politician, leading statesman, financier, intellectual, military officer, and founder of the Federalist Party. ... An advertisement for The Federalist The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution. ... John Glover was born in Salem, Massachusetts on November 5, 1732, and moved with his family to Marblehead where he grew up. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ... Patrick Collins, (March 12, 1844 - September 13, 1905) born in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and mayor of Boston. ... William Lloyd Garrison William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805, – May 24, 1879) was a prominent United States abolitionist, journalist and social reformer. ... RAdm Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), USN historian Samuel Eliot Morison, RAdm, USNR (July 9, 1887 – May 15, 1976) was an American historian, notable for producing scholarly works that were both authoritative and highly readable, an ability recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes. ... Abigail Smith Adams (November 11, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of the second President of the United States, and is seen as the second First Lady of the United States, though that term was not coined until after her death. ... Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was an American suffragist, the wife of abolitionist Henry Brown Blackwell (1825-1909) (the brother of Elizabeth Blackwell) and the mother of Alice Stone Blackwell, another prominent suffragette, journalist and human rights defender. ... Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley (1753 - December 5, 1784), was the first African American female writer to be published in the United States. ... Categories: People stubs | 1811 births | 1888 deaths | Presidents of Argentina | Argentine writers ... A statue of Leif Ericson near the Minnesota State Capitol in St. ... Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the northeast coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ...

References

  • Comm. Ave Mall Statues: What's In A Name?

 
 

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