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llustrated by accurate drawings of the entire work, explanatory of the text of his record, and is now in the office of the Metropolitan Water Commission, by whose courtesy we were permitted to examine its interesting pages and compile this account. These engineers reached Walnut hill, the site of the distributing reservoir, on April 25, 1862, and it is interesting to note just here, that in their more than two-mile walk they passed near to no dwellings until reaching Winthrop, then called South street, where there was a house which was later the residence of Mr. J. W. Perkins. Seventeen houses, four of which were upon the Brooks estate, comprised all then west of and near the railway, and but three buildings housed Tufts College then. Contrast this open plain and hill-slope with existing conditions and population. On April 21 another party began a survey westward toward Wyman hill in West Cambridge, on which the reservoir would have been located had that route or plan been chos
ibrary. The budget for that year was $5,000 for new schoolhouse, south side of river. 5,000 for road and bridge on South street. 8,000 for support of schools. 1,500 for support of poor and almshouse. 2,050 for fire department. 1,5rection of this schoolhouse, as also by the projected bridge to Somerville. This was the Winthrop bridge at the elbow of South street, and was strongly opposed by one speaker, but too late, as the same had already been contracted for. South street latter was the western slope of Walnut hill, then beginning to be called College hill. In recent years that portion of South street has become Winthrop street. Indefinite postponement of action upon the road from Medford to Edgeworth (i.e., Myus noted:— Resolved that the bridge on Main street be called the Cradock Bridge, and that the new bridge running from South street to High street be called Winthrop Bridge, in honor of early settlers. Carried. A motion was carried to call t
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istrict Deeds January 1, 1855. The first passageway or lane referred to in the above agreement is what was formerly known as Brick-yard lane, and it extended from South street, near the residence of Mr. Touro (which stood on what is now the corner of South street and Touro avenue and was demolished a few years ago, his house-lot bSouth street and Touro avenue and was demolished a few years ago, his house-lot being bounded easterly by Brick-yard lane), across the canal southerly into the brick yard. The lane existed prior to the laying out of the canal. That portion of the lane that extended from South street to the canal, or to Summer street, as now laid out, has been closed, and the portion south of the canal was known in recent yearSouth street to the canal, or to Summer street, as now laid out, has been closed, and the portion south of the canal was known in recent years as Oak street until it was widened and renamed Brookings street. The clay lands were on each side of the lane, the greater portion being situated on the easterly side between Summer and George streets. These brick yards were formerly known as the Sodom yards, In Vol. XX, p. 63, these yards were erroneously located on West str