Are you a resident of Boston?
Or are you planning on visiting Boston as a tourist? Well, whatever you are, there is a lot of history behind the city you need to know. Here are some interesting facts about Boston you need to know.
- The city is named after a town in England. Most of the early settlers in the city arrived from Boston, England and decided to keep the name upon settling.
- The Boston Harbor is home to the first lighthouse which was built in 1716. It was built in little Brewster Island but it’s now been long gone.
- The city is home to the oldest public park in the United States. Dating back to 1634, the Boston Common is the longest stretch of green sanctuary that hosts both tourists and residents alike.
- Happy hours have been banned in the city since 1984. If you’re looking to spend a good night with friends with cheap drinks, you would have to pay the normal price.
- The Fig Newton, one of America’s sweet snack is named after a suburb of Boston. The Newton suburb in Massachusetts is responsible for the naming of the sweet delicacy that most people love with their coffee.
- The city is famous for being the home of the Red Sox, one of the most prominent professional baseball teams in the world. The Fenway Park is their home field and a famous attraction in the city. The Sox actually have a patent on the color, Fenway Green.
- Do you have a sweet tooth? Well, you can enjoy the fact that the city is home to the first USchocolate factory. It was constructed in the Lower Mills section found in the Dorchester neighborhood.
- Besides the few interesting facts mentioned above, there have been a few notable bad incidents that have rocked the city. For instance, the worst molasses accident in history happened in the city in 1919. There was a giant wave of molasses in the northern part of Boston after a tank with 2 million gallons burst. The accident resulted in the death of 21 people and horses and also injured hundreds of others.
- In 1903, Massachusetts started issuing registration plates and driver’s licenses but people were not necessarily required to take a driving license. To reduce the number of road mishaps and accidents, driving tests before licenses were issued were initiated in 1920.
- The city is home to the first subway. The Tremont Street Subway was created 1897. Since then numerous subways have been created all over the city making it one of the most popular mode of transport for most Americans.
- Boston’s nickname is Beantown. The nickname comes from the popularity of mixing molasses and baked beans among the early residents of the city.
- Between 1659 and 1681, Christmas was banned in the city. That’s because the Pilgrims believed that the holiday was corrupted as such Boston residents were prohibited from celebrating it.
- Boston is also home to the first US public beach. The Revere Beach in Boston was a place where people could enjoy the sand and ocean water without paying anything for it.
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