arily small, of six maps showing Medford's area as a whole or in part.
The latest Medford map thus alluded to was that of 1855, by H. F. Walling, and to this is a half page devoted in Brooks' history of the same year, which says, The map is accompanded to twenty-two plans of various localities in Medford that were recorded in Middlesex (South) Registry between 1827 and 1855. One of these (August, 1850) in Plan Book 5, p. 8, he styles very interesting.
It is called Land of Brooks, at West Medfor, with the Middlesex canal and its lock, aqueduct and tavern.
Practically the same layout is shown on the Walling map of 1855, but without the names of streets, though the names of Gorham and Lake parks are given.
This plan was made in the last daperor street is?
If any one now should make a laying out with royal names he might lay himself open to criticism.
But in 1855, Plan Book 7, p. 33, is old road now called Emperor street.
Book 8, p. 26, is a rough form of the same by Daniel Ayer, of
ver carried probably as far as Medford lines, and that the English eyes in that boat were the first eyes of settlers that looked upon the fields on which we now live.
Naturally we ask, What was the scene they beheld?
Mr. Brooks answered that in 1855 by saying, We apprehend it is very much today what it was two hundred years ago.
In some respects correct.
The marshes would of themselves change but little.
But the earliest Medford had comparatively little marshland.
What it had, began nearl carry, not a highway, but a waterway, with its superincumbent weight, the aqueduct of the Middlesex canal.
This in 1802. Thirty-two years more and the canal was to have a rival, and Lowell railroad bridge was built nearby, the Winthrop bridge in 1855, and the Usher bridge in 1857.
In 1863 the Charlestown Water-works bridge, and in 1873 the Canal bridge on the old aqueduct piers, connected West Medford with Somerville territory, and another at Auburn street the same year.
Meanwhile the Middle