ers of the land over which this way was laid the bridge was built of stone.
The bridge over Mystic river, at Harvard avenue, was built in 1856; it is situated in the city of Medford and town of Arlington, and by a vote of the town of Medford in 1857 was named Usher's bridge.
The bridge at Winthrop street was built in 1857 and named Winthrop bridge.
The decree of the County Commissioners required that it should be built with a draw, or with a movable section so as to allow for the passage 1857 and named Winthrop bridge.
The decree of the County Commissioners required that it should be built with a draw, or with a movable section so as to allow for the passage of vessels.
The bridge at Boston avenue was built in 1873; it is situated in the cities of Medford and Somerville, and its abutments and piers are the same that supported the aqueduct of the Middlesex canal, which crossed the river at that point.
The bridge at Auburn street was also built in 1873.
Middlesex-avenue bridge was built in 1873, by the County of Middlesex; it is situated in the cities of Medford and Somerville, and is maintained at the joint charge of those cities; the care o
nd to give an idea of the progress of the library from that time it seems fitting to quote from some of the reports of the Library Committees.
In looking through these reports it has been interesting to note what a high standard the trustees (sanctioned by the town) have always had in the selection of books.
It is also interesting to see how history repeats itself, for some of the conditions and problems of those early days of the library are still to be found now. From the first report, in 1857, I quote as follows:
The number of volumes received (from the Social Library) was 1,125.
To these 8 have been added by donation, and 203 by purchase; so that if none have been lost, the present number is 1,336.
Accounts with more than 300 families have been opened, and the number is constantly increasing.
Readers multiply faster than the books, each addition of the latter bringing more of the former than can be supplied.
All classes have been benefited, but we have been especially