ndicted by the Grand Jury for neglecting to erect a bridge at the wears.
The defence of Medford was that the ford was easy and convenient, and that Medford people seldom or never travelled that way. Each time the towns were found not guilty.
In 1746 a petition was presented to Governor Shirley and the General Court, by a number of inhabitants of several towns in Middlesex County, asking for a bridge across Mistick river, at the wears.
The town of Medford was notified of this petition, and atto allow fording-places at their sides for the purpose of watering horses and cattle, and they have since been enlarged and extended so as to cover the entire width of the streets.
The bridge over Gravelly creek at Riverside avenue was built in 1746, by private parties, for the purpose of making a convenient way to the tide-mill; and by agreement with the owners of the land over which this way was laid the bridge was built of stone.
The bridge over Mystic river, at Harvard avenue, was buil
y line between Medford and Charlestown (that part of Charlestown being afterwards set off to Malden) to Wilson's point, known in our day as Wellington.
That part of Riverside avenue between River street and Cross street was laid out in the year 1746, in order to make a convenient way to the tide mill.
The most easterly of the ways leading from the River road to the river is now known as Foster court, and the landing-place was called Labor in vain Landing, it being opposite Labor in vain Poly means of communication between Wilson's point, the several landing-places on the river, and the bridge and ford; and as has been previously said, that the part of Riverside avenue from River street to Cross street not being built until the year 1746, the route from the easterly part of the town to the bridge and ford must have been over the River road, across to the Salem road near Gravelly bridge, and from thence to the bridge and ford.
It is not at all probable that the present location of