upported 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 of the bridge and the appointment of draw-tender devolves upon the city of Medford.
The bridge over the Boston & Lowell Railroad at College avenue was built in 1861, by the town of Medford, and is the only bridge over that railroad whose maintenance is chargeable to Medford.
The bridge over this railroad at Winthrop street was originally built eighteen feet in width.
When the County Commissioners laid out this way as a county way, they ordered the bridge to be widened to twenty-five feet. The railroad company contended that it was not liable for any expense in widening the bridge, and the matter was settled by the town assuming the expense in widenin
trustees, to-day, very much more could be done to adequately supply the ever-increasing needs of a progressive people.
In 1858 the Library Committee would assure the taxpayers that the town makes no investment that yields a surer, larger, or more enduring profit, than the appropriation yearly paid to the public library.
In that year the Everett Grammar School devoted to the use of the library the proceeds of their exhibition, $27.20,—a good example for the friends of the library now. In 1861, the room in the railway station becoming too small, one much more ample and convenient was secured upon the second floor of the Medford Exchange.
From the report of that date: It is very desirable that ladies should, if possible, make all their exchanges of books in the afternoon, as the crowd sometimes present in the evening is too great to make the room a convenient or a proper place for them.
The number of volumes taken from the library each year is supposed to be about 10,000.