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Bridges in Medford. by John H. Hooper. [Read before The Medford Historical Society.] The bridge at Mistick. THE first bridge across Mistick river was built upon the location of the present Cradock bridge, it being the most easterly place, where the land on each side of the river afforded the best means of approaching thereto. The date of its construction is unknown; it was the work of Governor Cradock's agent, and was built of wood, 154 feet 5 inches long, and about 10 feet wide, and was raised about 3 feet above marsh level; its approach on the south side of the river over the marsh was by means of a causeway. The town of Charlestown brought a suit against Governor Cradock's agent for obstructing the river with a bridge, to the hindrance of boats, and exacting toll for cattle that passed over the bridge, and appointed a committee to prosecute the suit, and also appointed parties to attend court as witnesses. Charlestown records say that on the 26th of the 10th month
The roads of old Medford. by John H. Hooper. （Read before the Medford Historical Society, Jan. 17, 1898.) THERE can be no doubt but that the early paths or roads of Old Medford were located substantially where our great highways now are, and it is probable that in many cases they followed the old Indian trails along the banks of the river and out into the country. The territory about Mistick river was the favorite dwelling-place of the Pawtucket tribe of Indians, whose hunting-grounds extended as far east as Piscataqua, and as far north as Concord, on the Merrimac river. The nearest, and in fact the principal, land route between Salem and the other settlements on the eastern coast of New England, and Charlestown, Boston, and the other settlements on the south shore of Massachusetts bay, was through Medford by the way of what are now known as Salem, South, and Main streets, crossing the river at the ford, or, after the building of Mistick bridge, over that bridge. It is
Programme for the year. October 16.—Social Meeting. November 20.—The Second Church and Mystic Church. Mr. Charles Cummings. December 18.—The Homes of the Puritans. Rev. T. F. Waters, President of the Ipswich Historical Society. January 15.—Benjamin Hall. Miss Helen T. Wild. February 19.—The Royall House and Farm. Mr. John H. Hooper. March 19.—Annual Meeting. April 16.—Slavery in Medford. Mr. Walter H. Cushing. May 2.—Not yet arranged. New members. (Number previously reported, 254.) Samuel N. Mayo. Mrs. H.