Beneath the Streets of Boston

Beneath the Streets of Boston

Building America's First Subway

Book - 2005
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Beckoning Readers to explore the territory beneath Boston's streets, Joe McKendry explores a century-old world when Beantown designed and created the country's first subway. In stunning artwork and through a fascinating and historically accurate narrative of Boston's first "Big Dig," you will enter the subterranean realm of workers who dug miles of tunnels by hand. Using pick and shovels to create new routes, you'll discover how these workers burrowed deep below Boston Harbor, under Beacon Hill and the Old State House, and built the Longfellow Bridge to carry the trains over the Charles River to the center of Cambridge. You'll read lively first-hand accounts of the turn-of-the-century public's perception of the underground public transportation, including their fears (expressed fantastically through the gruesome image of a fanged and tentacled "subway microbe"), and learn how the system served as a model for the rest of the country in its ability to relieve traffic, mitigate congestion (which was even more severe a hundred years ago than today) and get people anywhere they wanted to go for only a nickel. McKendry tells the almost-forgotten story of how Boston designed and created America's first subway. In stunning artwork and fascinating and historically accurate narrative, he invites you to enter the subterranean realm where sandhogs, using just picks and shovels, dug tunnels and laid track to create the archetype of the American public transit systems.
Publisher: Boston : David R. Godine, c2005
ISBN: 9783791321042
Branch Call Number: Ju 625.4 MCK


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Do you think that traffic problems are something new? In 1895, they were so bad in Boston that the city build the first subway system in America. Here’s the story of how they did it, including contemporary newspaper articles, and illustrated with sepia watercolors that look like old photographs.


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