Boston is a city of firsts

 

 


Boston is one of those American cities firmly embedded in the nation’s
psyche…you may automatically think of the Red Sox, the Marathon, the
Tea Party or, if you’re a fan of pop culture, the birthplace of actor
brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg!


You’ll begin your scenic early autumn week in this historic capital city of
Massachusetts. It is the first and only state capital in the contiguous
USA with an ocean coastline (and a 43-mile public walkway along the
shore called The Boston Harborwalk).


You heard it here first. It’s a city known for other national “firsts”: the
first public park (Boston Common, 1634); the first subway (1897); the
first public beach (Revere Beach); the first police force (1838) – and
even the first place for a telephone call to be received. The caller? He
was Alexander Graham Bell saying an excited hello to his assistant
Thomas Watson, who picked up in their Boston laboratory.


The first peoples of the area were the Algonquian tribes who had the ill
fortune to have to deal with the first European settlers, the Puritans,
who settled in 1630. The Puritans left their mark, that’s for sure…they
banned Christmas from 1659 to 1681, citing the holiday’s pagan roots –
and they seemed to have had a thing against several strong women,
who were deemed to be witches, and everyone knows that unfortunate
fiery outcome.

 


This city of roughly 685,000 people (but with a metro-wide population
of 4.7 million) is smaller than San Francisco but has always had an
indelible imprint on our national consciousness.
Every school student learns about the Freedom Trail, the two-and-a-
half-mile walk of historical sites about the founding of our country –

and all know of those iconic historical figures such as Paul Revere, John
Hancock and Samuel Adams.


And one more first: Boston was home to the inventor of the first
disposable razor -- who happened to be a fellow by the name of King
Gillette!


You’ll love ‘Beantown’, an old name given to the city by traders and
sailors, thanks to the popular dish of beans being baked in molasses for
several hours. We know that the British colonists of the 17 th century
adopted and adapted this very old recipe…so maybe it’s another
Boston first?

Bar Harbor, Maine

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