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ton and Charlestown and Cambridge might avail themselves of the great advantages offered by the protected inner basin called the Back Bay as a place for loading and discharging vessels of light draft. An extensive attempt was made to overcome the natural disabilities in the way of the development of the region near the foot of Main Street, by the construction through the intervening marsh between the river and dry land, of a main canal known as Broad Canal, which was also connected with Miller's River by another running north from it. The West Dock Canal, which was also connected with Broad Canal, was so constructed as to furnish a place for loading and discharging vessels in the area now surrounded by Portland and Bristol streets, Webster Avenue, and Hampshire Street. The South Dock Canal was a similar construction near the junction of Main, Harvard, and Sixth streets, and was connected with Broad by Cross Canal, and had also a separate outlet to the river. The only existing remind
alt marsh. To overcome the natural disadvantages of grade under which the city suffered, the filling of a large section was necessary, including the channels formerly constructed for the passage of vessels, leaving only for such purpose the so-called Broad Canal, which affords access to many coal and lumber yards. The several legislative acts were approved as follows: That relating to the Washington Street district in 1869, to the Franklin and Sparks Streets district in 1872, and to the Miller River district in 1873. Under the provisions of these acts much land was surrendered to the city by the owners, and was later sold at about thirty per cent of its cost. In addition to the freight facilities afforded by the navigable river, the Boston and Albany and Boston and Maine railroads, in the easterly section, where are located the greater number of our large manufactories, and the Fitchburg railroad, in the westerly part, provide ample accommodation; yet it is hoped ere long that a
partner January 1, 1884. When the corporation was formed, Mr. John P. Squire became president; Mr. Frank O. Squire, vice-president; and Mr. Fred F. Squire, treasurer. In 1855 Mr. Squire bought a small tract of land in East Cambridge, on Miller's River, and built a slaughter-house, which was then adequate for the business. Additions and changes have been made from time to time, until now the corporation has one of the largest, most modern, and best-equipped packing-houses in the country, ad in the manufacture of spring-beds, cots, and berth bottoms. The product is sold over the United States, with some exports to England. Revere Sugar Refinery. The Revere Sugar Refinery, situated between the Boston & Lowell Railroad and Miller's River, East Cambridge, began operations in 1871. They occupy an extensive building of six stories, and employ directly about one hundred and thirty men, with an annual pay-roll of one hundred thousand dollars. They also furnish steady work to a co