Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is located in the central-eastern part and is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. State of Massachusetts. Boston is a vibrant and thriving city. The city is renowned for its cultural facilities, sports, educational institutions, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history. Boston is one of the ten most popular tourist locations in the USA. Boston is a leading finance center and the city is ranked number one for innovation, both globally and in North America.

To See And To Do In Boston

  • Newbury Street
  • Boston Harbor Islands State Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Harvard Art Museum
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Boston Common and Public Garden
  • Freedom Trail
  • Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Sam Adams Brewery Tour
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Boston Common
  • Old State House
  • Rose Nichols House Museum
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • Downtown
  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • New England Aquarium

History Of Boston - Timeline

In 1625 reverend William Blaxton from England was the first European to settle in Boston. Boston was founded in 1630 and named after Boston in England. The same year the first church was established. In 1635 the first school was built, the Boston Latin School, and is both the first public school and oldest existing school in the USA.

The First Town-House in Boston was built in 1658. The 1689 Boston revolt resulted in the overthrow of Sir Edmund Andros, an unpopular governor. In 1704, the first newspaper in Boston was published, the Boston News-Letter. The Boston News-Letter is regarded as the first continuously published newspaper in British North America.

In 1712, the Old Corner Bookstore was built. In 1719, the first number of the newspaper Boston Gazette was published. In 1752, the first Concert Hall was built. In 1755 an earthquake (Cape Ann Earthquake) damaged hundreds of buildings in the city. In 1770 the first number of the newspaper The Massachusetts Spy was published. The same year, on March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place in which British Army soldiers killed five civilian men.

The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history. In 1775, the Siege of Boston began and was the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War.

In 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society was founded. In 1792, the Board Alley Theatre opened. The Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital and biomedical research facility in Boston, was founded in 1811.

The Boston Daily Advertiser, the first daily newspaper in Boston, was established in 1813. In 1822, Boston was incorporated as a city. On September 24, 1827, the Tremont Theatre opened. In 1831, the Boston Post was founded. It was the most popular daily newspaper in New England. Also in 1831, the construction of the railroad started.

The Boston Police Department was established in 1838. In 1854, the Boston Public Library and the Boston Theatre opened. The Boston City Hospital was built in 1864. The Boston Globe was founded in 1872. The Tremont Street Subway opened in 1897. It is the oldest subway tunnel in North America.

In 1901, the Boston Red Sox baseball team was founded. In 1918 the team won the World Series. In 1919, a large molasses storage tank burst and killed 21 people and injured 150 people. The Boston Airport opened on September 8, 1923 (Logan International Airport). In 1942 a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub killed 492 people and injured hundreds.

Between June 14, 1962, and January 4, 1964, thirteen single women between the ages of 19 and 85 were murdered in Boston by the infamous Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo. Doubts remain as to whether DeSalvo was indeed the Boston Strangler. In 1965, the first Community Health Center in the United States opened.

On March 18, 1990, the largest art theft in modern history occurred in Boston. Twelve paintings worth over $100 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two thieves posing as police officers. These paintings have not been recovered. On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and over 260 people were injured.