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Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

"Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass, situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, on the Old Colony Railroad and the New York & New England Rail road. It is now the 16th ward of Boston, to which it was annexed in 1869. It is bounded on the S.E. by the Neponset River, has a hilly surface, and presents picturesque scenery. Here are extensive manufactures of various articles, and many fine country-seats. Dorchester post-office is now a branch of Boston post-office. Pop, in 1890, 18,048."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1630 - In September 1630, Governor John Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers traveled to the peninsula, known as Shawmut by the Algonquins, and founded Dorchester, the first part of the city of Boston.

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  • 1639 - May 20 - The first free American public school, the Mather school, was founded in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston


  • 1717 - March 7 - The Great Snow, a composite of four winter storms to hit the eastern U.S. in nine days, finally came to an end.
    Snow depths averaged 60 inches following the storm. Up to four feet of snow fell around Boston MA, and snow drifts 25 feet high were reported around D...Read MORE...


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    Walter Baker Chocolate Mills (Webb Mill, and Baker Mill), Dorchester, Mass.

    "The Baker Chocolate Company is the oldest producer of chocolate in the United States. The company was initially established when a physician named Dr. James Baker met... Read MORE...

  • 2. DORCHESTER. [Pop. 4,875. Inc. 1630.]
    NORFOLK COUNTY

    Dorchester was named after Dorchester in England, from which some of the first settlers came. The Indian name was Matapan.

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  • 1869 - Dorchester Annexed to Boston
    Dorchester the Indian name of which was Mattapan, was named in honor of the Rev. John White, of Dorchester, the capital of Dorset County, England. It ...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - For the Love of "Rob"
    A widow in Dorchester, Mass., has been three times married. Her first husband was Robb, the second Robbins and the third Robinson. The same door plate...Read MORE...


  • News 1891 - SIX LIVES LOST. A PLEASURE PARTY THROWN INTO THE WATER BY THE VESSEL OVERTURNING.
    Boston, Aug. 10. - A sad accident occurred on Dorchester Bay yesterday afternoon by which six persons lost their lives. The yacht Nay, owned and saile...Read MORE...


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    Walter Baker & Co.
    Dorchester, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898
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    Washington Street, Dorchester, Mass.
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    Edward Everett Square
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    First Parish Church and Lyceum Hall, Dorchester, Mass.
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    Municipal Building, 1906
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    "Meeting House" Hill Unitarian Church, 1906
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    New W. E. Endicott School, Blue Hill Ave., 1908
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    Codman Square, Washington St. Second Cong. Church
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    Eaton Sq., 1910
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    Grove Hall, 1910
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    Home of Edward Everett Hale, 1910
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    St. Margaret's Church
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    W. C. Russell School, 1911
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    Blake House, 1912
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    Dorchester High School, 1913
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    Harris School
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    Henry L. Pierce School
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    Parsonage & St. Peter's Church
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    Dorchester Temple
  • 1916
    Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass., situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, to which it was annexed in 1869. It has extensiv...Read MORE...


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    Women's Club
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    Colonial Club
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    High School for Girls
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    Immanuel Church
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    Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch
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    St. Marks Church
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    St. Hughes Church
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    The Carney Hospital


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