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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The ancient name Menotomy and the river of that name. (search)
for the better securing said proprietors' privilege of catching of fish in said town. The Bridge carried Weir lane or Lake street, Arlington, over the outlet of Spy pond. Paige tells us that at an early period the Dickson family occupied an estate on the easterly side of Menotomy river, extending from North avenue (now Massacrn. The foot bridge was just at the point where the high land draws close to the river on either side, forming the outfall of the basin in which lie Fresh and Spy ponds and the Fresh pond meadows. It would be the natural place to locate a weir, for above, the Great Swamp spread out on either side, while a short distance below, mes referred to as the little river, and Little Mystic; as the Mystic river was called the Great river. Little river has remained as the name of the outlet of Spy pond, which was sometimes called Menotomy pond, while Menotomy river was the outlet of Fresh pond. In the Cambridge Town Records, 1630-1703, we find the river cal
ssioners. The undersigned committee, duly appointed and authorized by vote of their respective societies, respectfully request that your Honorable Board take such action as will lead to the restoration of the more ancient name of Menotomy River to the so-called Alewife Brook, lying between and forming a portion of the boundaries of the cities and town of Cambridge, Somerville and Arlington. That the name Menotomy River be used to designate the new channel now being constructed between Spy Pond and Mystic River, in the proposed Act relocating the boundary lines between the cities of Cambridge and Somerville and the town of Arlington, along the center of the new channel; and that the name of Menotomy River be used on the signboards erected by your commission in the reservation bordering the new channel, and in any other manner which will restore and fix in the public mind the name Menotomy River. (Signed) Richard H. Dana, Cambridge Historical Society. Hollis R. Bailey, Cambridg