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Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

In 1839, Charles Goodyear of Woburn, developed the process of vulcanizing rubber. He patented the process in 1844. Today, Goodyear tires can be found on many vehicles.
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Woburn includes: Walnut Hill, Allenville, Central Square Station, Cummingsville, Durenville, Highlands Station, Horn Pond, Mishawum Station, Montvale Station, and Oakland Station.



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  • 1642 - Woburn founded
    First settled in 1640, incorporated in 1642
    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1763 - The Black Horse Tavern opened for business in 1763 in South Woburn.

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  • 1780 - May 19, 1780 was recorded as the “Dark Day”. Conditions were probably caused by numerous forest fires in upstate New York and in Canada. (Woburn)

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  • 1802 - The first boats ran on the Middlesex Canal on April 22, 1802, the Canal actually opened for business in 1803. The Middlesex Canal was the first regional transportation canal in the United States.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700

  • 1835 - The year 1835 brought trains to Woburn. On May 27th the “Stephenson” engine ran a trial trip to the Town. The Boston and Lowell Railroad opened for business on Wednesday, June 24 of that year.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700

  • 1839 - Charles Goodyear produced first vulcanized rubber in Woburn


  • 1839 - The first newspaper, the Woburn Sentinel began in 1839.

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  • 1845 - WOBURN. [Pop. 2,993. Inc. 1642.]
    Woburn, when a part of Charlestown, was called Charlestown Village.

    Horn Pond, a beautiful resort for parties of pleasure, is on a quite...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Woburn
    WOBURN at the period of its first settlement was called “Charlestown Village;" it was incorporated as a town in 1642. In the same year the first...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Woburn
    Woburn, a post-township of Middlesex co., Massachusetts, intersected by the Boston and Lowell railroad, 10 miles N. N. W. from Bos ton, and by the...Read MORE...


  • 1885 - Electric lights were first introduced in town on July 21, 1885. (Woburn)

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  • 1889 - Woburn is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Woburn Massachusetts, 1890
    WOBURN is a very pleasant and prosperous city in the easterly part of Middlesex County, 10 miles from Boston. The Boston and Lowell Railroad runs...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Woburn
    Woburn (local pron. woo'burn), a city of Middlesex co., Mass., 10 miles N.N.W. of Boston, 15 miles S.E. of Lowell, and about 17 miles W. by S. of...Read MORE...


  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    The Common
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    B & M Station
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    Horn Pond and Pumping Station. Woburn, Mass.
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, Woburn, Mass
  • 1906
    Woburn (local pron. woo'burn), a city of Middlesex co., Mass., 10 miles NNW. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine R. It contains a public library with...Read MORE...


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    Public Library, 1907
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    Choate Hospital
  • News 1915 - Woburn Chemical Works Burned
    The greatest property damage was done at a fire that destroyed the Merrimac Chemical Company's plant in North Woburn, late yesterday afternoon, the...Read MORE...


  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    R. R. Station
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    Parochial School
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    Shaker Glen House
  • Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
    The New White Spot
  • 1951 - Route 128 opened in 1951.

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  • 1959 - Dial telephone was introduced to Woburn in 1959

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Horn Pond and Pumping Station. Woburn, Mass.

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The Common

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R. R. Station

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  • 1642 - Woburn founded
    First settled in 1640, incorporated in 1642
    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1763 - The Black Horse Tavern opened for business in 1763 in South Woburn.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1780 - May 19, 1780 was recorded as the “Dark Day”. Conditions were probably caused by numerous forest fires in upstate New York and in Canada. (Woburn)

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1802 - The first boats ran on the Middlesex Canal on April 22, 1802, the Canal actually opened for business in 1803. The Middlesex Canal was the first regional transportation canal in the United States.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1835 - The year 1835 brought trains to Woburn. On May 27th the “Stephenson” engine ran a trial trip to the Town. The Boston and Lowell Railroad opened for business on Wednesday, June 24 of that year.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1839 - Charles Goodyear produced first vulcanized rubber in Woburn
  • 1839 - The first newspaper, the Woburn Sentinel began in 1839.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1845 - WOBURN. [Pop. 2,993. Inc. 1642.]
    Woburn, when a part of Charlestown, was called Charlestown Village.

    Horn Pond, a beautiful resort for parties of pleasure, is on a quite... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Woburn
    WOBURN at the period of its first settlement was called “Charlestown Village;" it was incorporated as a town in 1642. In the same year the first... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Woburn
    Woburn, a post-township of Middlesex co., Massachusetts, intersected by the Boston and Lowell railroad, 10 miles N. N. W. from Bos ton, and by the... Read MORE...

  • 1885 - Electric lights were first introduced in town on July 21, 1885. (Woburn)

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm#1700
  • 1889 - Woburn is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • Woburn Massachusetts, 1890
    WOBURN is a very pleasant and prosperous city in the easterly part of Middlesex County, 10 miles from Boston. The Boston and Lowell Railroad runs... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Woburn
    Woburn (local pron. woo'burn), a city of Middlesex co., Mass., 10 miles N.N.W. of Boston, 15 miles S.E. of Lowell, and about 17 miles W. by S. of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Woburn (local pron. woo'burn), a city of Middlesex co., Mass., 10 miles NNW. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine R. It contains a public library with... Read MORE...

  • News  1915 - Woburn Chemical Works Burned
    The greatest property damage was done at a fire that destroyed the Merrimac Chemical Company's plant in North Woburn, late yesterday afternoon, the... Read MORE...

  • 1951 - Route 128 opened in 1951.

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm
  • 1959 - Dial telephone was introduced to Woburn in 1959

    users.rcn.com/ woblib/ chrnlgy.htm
  • Woburn - The 3rd Grade History Trolley Tour 2016


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