|Boston in 1649|
|Modern Boston with Big Dig|
To the right is a modern map of Boston, with the Big Dig shown (image from http://www.futureboston.org/mapoverlay.htm. This image is rotated about 45 degrees from the 1649 map. The leveling of Corn Hill and other Boston hills, and a great deal of wetlands fill has altered the outline of Boston's peninsula. Winthrop's home was located near the lower/southeast end of the red Big Dig line which runs diagonally across the peninsula.
It's exciting to see such places as Winthrop's home come to light, after being buried for centuries by more recent development.
When I compare maps of today and hundreds (even thousands) of years ago, I'm amazed that many roads still follow the same path. I suppose it's partly the terrain, but also that roads and byways stay while structures around them change.ReplyDelete
Good point! I suppose the roads were set into place as soon as they started putting up buildings. Creeks get sent underground, hills get leveled, but some of those 17th century buildings are still there.ReplyDelete