‘Every town rejoices in some euphonious local names.
Medford has Sodom, Ram-head, Labor-in-Vain, No Man's Friend, Hardscrabble.’
Brooks' Historical Item, 1816. Ram-head hill is the site of the Lawrence tower; Sodom, or ‘Sodom-yards,’ once the scene of brick making (West street), is now covered with dwellings; but Labor-in-Vain is as yet unoccupied, having always been a salt-marsh, but not always an island ‘in the river of Misticke.’
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