Walking Downtown

The "Old State House" is a historic building, located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets.  It was built in 1713 and is the oldest surviving building in Boston.  Queen Elizabeth II and her husband toured this place during America's Bicentennial Celebration on July 11, 1976.  The  Queen mentioned in her remarks that, if Paul Revere and Samuel Adams knew a British Monarch would be speaking from this balcony, they would be surprised, since this was the balcony that the "Declaration of Independence" was first read to the people of Boston.  On the street below, under the balcony area on the street , there is a cobblestone ring that marks the location of the Boston Massacre (causing 5 deaths) on March 5, 1773  It was one of the pivotal events used to turn colonial sentiment against the British rule. There is a yearly reenactment of this event every March 5th. 


Customs Tower and Freedom Trail sign.  

Old South Meeting House is located at 310 Washington Street, or at the corner of Milk and Washington Street.  

It was  built in 1729 as a Puritan house of worship. It was also the largest building in colonial Boston and is best known for the site of where the Boston Tea Party began. In the winter of 1773, more than 5,000 colonists gathered at Old South in a meeting to protest the tax on tea. It was sort of a debating society. Samuel Adams proclaimed, "This meeting can do nothing more to save the country!" Raging citizens left the meeting and headed to the waterfront where they dumped three shiploads of tea into the Boston Harbor. Their actions that day changed American history. Today, the Old South Meeting House is now a museum where they recreate the tea party debates.






Boston PD's Equestrian Patrol


Side walk vendors reminds of Manhattan.  They have a Macy's also.

Feline's Basement where the Downtown Crossing Subway Station is located.  Boston's first retail store.


Looking back at the Old South Meeting House through the fountain   



Back in Boston Common at the Tadpole Playground.  It was renovated in 2002 and is next to the Frog Pond.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is a  popular attraction. Young kids wade here in the summer and when it is frozen, it is used for ice skating. This pond got its start when on  Oct. 25, 1848, hundreds of thousands of people gathered here to celebrate the city's first municipal water system. An aqueduct was constructed to bring fresh water the 15 miles from Natick's Lake Cochituate to Boston.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument located on Flagstaff Hill in Boston Common. It cost of $75,000 to build.  Generals McClellan and Hooker attended the dedication on Sept. 17, 1877.

Note the huge pedestal of the monument. Created by Architect-Sculptor Martin Milmore. 

I am waiting at the Boston Common Subway Station for the "Green E" to Fenway Park.  A 2 car subway arrived shortly. This reminded me of a bus on tracks, instead of a train.  I sat up near the front of car and looked out front windshield.  It was an interesting ride getting a big view of the tunnel. Seeing all the signal lights and other train traffic.

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