Everyone knows that Boston is one of the most historically abundant cities in the United States. And while we’ve all heard the stories of the midnight ride and the Boston Tea Party, there are some fun facts that many folks don’t know about Beantown.
Many of the city’s first settlers came from Boston, England and simply kept the name.
This lovely stretch of sand was established in 1896.
The Tremont Street Subway is also the third in the world to use electric traction.
Boston Common was established in 1634 and is still a popular place for folks to gather.
The city of Newton, Massachusetts was the inspiration for the name of this popular cookie.
The iconic donut shop could be found in Quincy, Massachusetts, about 11 miles from Boston.
The year was 1765 when Walter Baker opened his chocolate factory in Dorchester.
The name came as a result of a love among the city’s earliest settlers for baked beans in molasses.
Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest in America, approximately 90 feet under the earth.
The Pilgrims believed it was a corrupt holiday and banned any celebrations during that time period.
In 1919, a storage tank that held millions of gallons of molasses burst and flooded the city, killing 21 people and several horses and injuring more than 100 others. To hear more Boston stories similar to this one, check out a Boston Ghost Tour.
It’s against the law since 1984 when a drunk driver killed 20-year-old Kathleen Barry.
Built in 1716, the Little Brewster Lighthouse was the first-ever in the USA.
This unique bridge in the only one in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a vehicle driving under an airplane.
A series of colored lights atop this iconic building lets residents know whether it’s going to rain, snow, be cloudy or clear. If the lights are flashing red, it not only means there’s rain coming, but also that the Red Sox game is rained out.
More than $500 million worth of paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
It opened in 1912 and is home to the Boston Red Sox.
The Boston Cream Pie was invented at the Omni Parker House and is the official dessert of the state.
It was invented in 1880 in Worcester by Justin White, a local bowling center owner.
Celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621, the feast lasted three days.
Mary Dyer was hanged in June of 1660 for repeatedly defying the ban on Quakers.
Harvard was founded in 1636.
Before owner John Taylor named them the Red Sox in 1907, the team was called the Americans, Pilgrims, Somersets, Puritans and Plymouth Rocks.
To commemorate that fateful event, there is a celebration and reenactment in the Boston Harbor.
Phillip Brooks, the 9th rector of Trinity Church in Boston, wrote the famous tune in 1868 after visiting the Holy Land.