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harter of the latter railroad allowed no other railroad into Lowell for forty years, but there was no hindrance toward Boston. The canal embankments could be used as a road-bed for the Medford Branch, and the cut through the ledgy shoulder of Winter hill in the corner of Medford and Charlestown was already made. The canal was but little used, and a proposition to discontinue it as a water-way, and by the laying of iron pipes along the ten miles of the southern end to Woburn utilize it as a wad certainly was of great service to Medford in its earlier years, and had its first competitor in passenger service in the Medford and Charlestown Horse Railroad in 1860. This continued until 1873, but it is questionable if the long haul over Winter hill was very attractive to Medford people, other than the few who dwelt along its line, and even its operation attracted few new residents. This road was taken over by the Middlesex corporation and, after 1873, eleven years discontinued. Reopene
the Board of Trade, and the President of the Historical Society as chairman. This committee met with that of Boston, and later arranged a simple but effective program for the Medford portion, and to Comrade Allen, over eighty years young, and Superintendent Nickerson, who mustered his numerous forces, its success is mainly due. James H. Phelan of the Boston Committee personated Revere and started from the patriot's house in Boston, instead of from Charlestown shore, and at the top of Winter hill stopped for a brief time. There the Somerville exercises took place, in which former President Taft had a part. The rider was timed to come over the bridge into Medford town at 1.30 A. M. by the village clock, and just as he galloped over, a bugler in the square gave sound of warning to the assembled crowd, which was in the thousands. His continental dress was in marked contrast to everything worn today, whether the. modern khaki, Grand Army of the Republic uniform, school uniform or c
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Nathan Wait's right of way. (search)
o and from his land through the said Proprietors land on the southerly side of said canal in Medford, from the passageway or lane (which leads southerly from the canal where said bridge stood) to the great road running from Medford Bridge over Winter Hill in the usual passage way from the great road to the Basin (through the landing or Basin lot so called) and from the Basin on the south side of the canal to the lane aforesaid. Also the privilege of taking gravel from the abutment of the old sidth that connected with the way above mentioned, and a way thirty-four feet in width on the southerly side of the basin lot. This way was fifty-six rods in length and terminated at the great road (Main street) running from Medford bridge over Winter hill. Both of these ways were included in Mr. Wait's right of way. The Cradock schoolhouse stands on the location of the basin. The annexed plan drawn from deeds shows the location of these several ways. Summer street, formerly Middlesex stre