Also along Broadway is Dorothy M Griffin Square, named for a person about whom neither the historical society nor wikipedia revealed anything. At the center is a 1938 monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus, a marble statue of Columbus holding a sword in his left hand and a scrolled manuscript in his right. The base has a relief of a three masted ship, as well as the names of those who sponsored the monument. At the time I visited, the Columbus statue was surrounded by a colorful temporary educational display dedicated to the indigenous population and landscape of Winnisimmet, the original place name for the modern city of Chelsea. Below is a link for Columbus statues throughout the world, in which this statue is referenced with help from my photos.
Not much has changed since the early 20th century along Broadway. Some brick businesses still have store fronts and signs from the 1920's and 30's. The business owners have changed though, as many of these cater to the Hispanic immigrants now resident to Chelsea.
In the City Hall Lawn and just across the street from the City Hall are numerous memorials. The largest and most important is the Civil War memorial, originally commemorated in 1869, was moved to Bassett Square, across from the city hall in 1911. I found this monument in dire need of reparation as bronze letters were missing. The Soldiers Monument, a tribute to the Spanish American War Veteran, is located prominently in front of City Hall. Also in the lawn is a flag pole dedicated to WWII, and a Korean War memorial.
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