e owner of the new structure is interested in educational matters, which adds to the surprise and regret occasioned by the seeming needless removal of the old scientific landmark.
Mr. Dame gave his High School boys at one time as a subject to write on, The Brooks of Medford, advising an actual search and tracing to their sources.
Doubtless the young people found the latter interesting.
One brook is today a sort of lost river—the tributary of Meetinghouse brook, which has its source near Smith's lane between Woburn and Winthrop Streets. We were told to look there for remains of the projected Stoneham railroad, but found instead that Lily pond lane (near the rock-cut) crosses the Albree brook which flows underground for many rods before it emerges to view in another enclosed field, where must have been the mill-pond of John Albree, the Medford weaver.
Some rods from the lane are parallel stone walls, about three rods long, through which the brook flows, and in the open space bet
In town meeting of June 22, 1845, the petition was endorsed by vote, and another vote instructed the selectmen to appear before the Legislature and look after the town's interests.
The Boston & Maine Railroad was in its infancy then, and as late as March, 1842, had no tracks nearer Boston than Wilmington.
From that point its trains went to Boston over the pioneer railroad, the Boston & Lowell, some four miles of which lay in the western section of Medford.
At about the latter date Edward Smith, who was road master (of Boston & Maine) many years, took an engine across town from the siding at West Medford, through the streets to Malden, to be used there on the construction train.
The Boston & Lowell was also an infant.
Chartered in 1829, and six years in building, it had been ten years in operation when the Medford Branch was projected.
By the latter's construction Medford had easy access to Boston, with its own terminal at Medford square, then called the market-place.