Boston Common, Boston

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    The Frog Pond

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Frog Pond
    Once home to legions of unusually large amphibians and site of the first water pumped into the city, it is a kidney-shaped pool, used for wading in summer and ice-skating in winter.

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    Boston Common

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Boston's famous park is Boston Common, a fifty-acre chunk of green, which is neither meticulously manicured nor especially attractive, though it effectively separates downtown from the posher Beacon Hill and Back Bay districts. It's the first thing you'll see emerging from the Park Street T station, the central transfer point of America's first subway and a magnet for small demonstrations and, unfortunately, panhandlers.
    Established in 1634 as *a trayning field* and *for the feeding of Cattell,* as a slate tablet opposite the station states, the Common is still primarily utilitarian, used by both pedestrian commuters on their way to downtown's office towers and tourists seeking the Boston Visitor Information Pavilion, just down Tremont Street from the T, which is the official starting-point of the Freedom Trail. The shabbiness of the southern side of the Common is offset by the lovely Beacon Street Promenade, which runs the length of the northern side, from the gold-domed State House to Charles Street, opposite the Public Garden.
    Even before John Winthrop and his fellow Puritan colonists earmarked Boston Common for public use, it served as pasture land for the Reverend William Blackstone, Boston's first white settler. Soon after it disintegrated into little more than a gallows for pirates, alleged witches and various religious heretics; a commoner by the name of Rachell Whall was once hanged here for stealing a bonnet worth 75¢. Newly elected president George Washington made a much-celebrated appearance on the Common in 1789, as did his aide-de-camp, the Marquis de Lafayette, several years later. Cattle have not grazed here since 1830. Ornate eighteenth-century iron fencing encircled the entire park until World War II, when it was taken down for use as scrap metal: it is now said to grace the bottom of Boston Harbor.

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    Visit the Boston Commons. It's...

    by andromedas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Boston Commons. It's a great place for people watching, reading, having lunch or going for a walk. I didn't go there a whole lot because it was on the other side of Boston. But it is a really cool place.

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    Boston Common

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 19, 2011

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    The central park of Boston, this city park dates back to colonial times and is still a vibrant center of recreation for the city.

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    Green oasis.

    by tim07 Updated Jun 14, 2008

    This is the United States oldest park, belonging to the people of Boston since 1634. It is situated in the centre of the city & is a delight to walk through or sit and relax in.

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    Boston Commons

    by sophiebeans Written Jan 6, 2008

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    The Boston Commons is a great place to relax in the middle of the city. It also has a building with lots of tourist resources, so it is a good place to stop when you first hit the downtown area!

    View of the city from the Commons

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    Boston's main park.

    by mwe Written Mar 5, 2007

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    The photograph was taken of Tremont Street on the southeast (shops) side of the common using Fuji Superia 100 film and a Fuji ZoomDate 1000 35mm camera (28-100mm zoom lens, made in Indonesia).

    The moon by a block of flats opposite the common.

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    One of America's oldest public parks

    by MLW20 Written Jan 10, 2007

    Boston Common is the starting point for the Freedom Trail. Look for the red brick line.

    The park is around 50 acres.

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    The Bridges of Boston Common

    by garridogal Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    Okay, I think there's only one and here it is. AND....did you know that it's the smallest suspension bridge in the world?

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    The Boston Common

    by blue_sky04 Written Jan 23, 2005

    Originally owned by William Blackstone who came to Boston in 1622, the Boston Common is America's oldest public park.
    The Freedom Trail starts from here. There is a sign of the starting point.

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    Boston Common

    by myrtle Written Feb 7, 2004

    This area was quite beautiful, even though it was freezing cold. It's probably even nicer in the summer time when it's warmer, but it was nice to wander around.

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    Boston Common in Fall

    by gmanxue Written Oct 6, 2003

    Fall is the most beautiful season of Boston. Leaves change color, weather is cool and sky is bright. Maybe because long winter will come soon, people cherish this season much more.

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    Go see the Boston Common

    by duanestorey Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    The Boston Common is a really famous building in Boston.. if you follow the freedom trail, you'll eventually find this building..

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    Boston Common

    by diver-x Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Boston Common is a place to stroll or sit and relax under a tree. You'll often find preachers and political activists trying to attract an audience to sway their opinions on various issues.

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    Brewer Fountain

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Brewer Fountain
    It is an 1868 bronze replica of one from the Paris Exposition of 1855.

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