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Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

"Gloucester, a city and port of entry of Essex co., Mass., 28 miles N.N. E. of Boston, is situated on the S. side of the peninsula of Cape Ann, and is connected by rail road with the principal cities and towns of the seaboard and interior. It is beautifully situated and handsomely and compactly built. It contains 20 churches (1 Episcopal, 4 Congregational, 2 Baptist, 4 Methodist, 1 Unitarian, 3 Roman Catholic, and 5 Universalist), 4 banks, a savings-bank, 3 insurance offices, and gas- and electric light companies. Three newspapers (two daily and one weekly) are published here. The interests of Gloucester are almost entirely commercial. It has a greater amount of tonnage in the domestic fisheries than any other town in the United States, amounting to some 35,000 tons, the number of vessels being over 400, and the “catch” amounting in some seasons to 10,000,000 pounds. The number of men employed in the cod- and mackerel-fisheries is about 5000. There are about 40 firms engaged in fitting out vessels. Of the ports of Massachusetts, only Boston, it is said, surpasses Gloucester in foreign imports, which are limited to salt for use in the fisheries from Liverpool and Cadiz, and coals, wood, and lumber from the British Provinces. The only other important industries are a large granite-trade, the ledges of the town furnishing much valuable material for building-purposes, and the building of schooners for the fishing- and coasting-trade. The harbor of Gloucester is one of the best on the coast, and is accessible at all seasons for vessels of the largest class. Gloucester was occupied as a fishing-station as early as 1624, being the first settlement made on the N. shore of Massachusetts Bay. It was incorporated as a town in 1642, and became a city in 1874. Pop. in 1850, 7786; in 1860, 10,904; in 1880, 19,329; in 1890, 24,657."

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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The Universalist Church, Built 1806

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Gloucester and Rockport
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Main Street

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Fisherman's Memorial

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View of Gloucester, Mass.

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Pavilion Beach, 1905

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The Depot


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Main Street, 1906

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The Surfside

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Drying Fish, 1907

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Good Harbor Beach Inn and Cottage, Briar Neck

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Post Office and Custom House

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Cottages at Bass Rocks

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Hawthorne Inn, East Gloucester, Mass.

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City Hall


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High School

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Rocky Neck

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Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Mass.

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Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

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Old Ellery House

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Half Moon Beach

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Annisquam, Mass., Squam Light

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Eastern Point Light from Breakwater


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The Blynman Bridge

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Legion Memorial Building and Joan of Arc Statue

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Old Wheeler House, Wheeler Point

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Shore Road, Stage Fort Park

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The Sargent, Murray Gilman House

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The Colonial Arms, Eastern Point

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The Tavern

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Town Landing


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Cressey Beach at Stage Fort Park

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Stacey Blvd. and Fisherman's Monument

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Boulevard Sweet Shop, Western Avenue

History and News of Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1623 - Gloucester founded
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1817 - August 18 - Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
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  • 1839 - December 15 - The first of triple storms hit Massachusetts Bay. The storm produced whole gales, and more than 20 inches of snow in interior New England. There was great loss of life at Gloucester MA.
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  • 4. GLOUCESTER. [Pop. 6,350. Inc. 1642.]
    Gloucester was named after Gloucester in England, from which some of the first settlers came. It was settled by persons from Plymouth Colony... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    GLOUCESTER, a town and port in Essex co., in Massachusetts, 30 m. NE of Boston. It has a fine harbour on the S side of the peninsula. Pop. 6,350. A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • News  1869 - A well-known physician who had an extensive practice in Gloucester, (Mass.,) some forty years since,
    used to say that roast beef, serenity of mind, cold water bath, and an amiable and pretty wife would make almost any man healthy, wealthy and wise. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    October 30, 1869
  • News  1885 - At Gloucester - An Incendiary Caught.
    GLOUCESTER, Mass., Oct. 12 - A stable on Pine street belonging to Bennett Griffin & Son, lumber dealers, was destroyed by fire at half past three... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - Schooner Wreck
    GLOUCESTER, Mass., Jan. 11. - The schooner wrecked on Bass Rocks was the forty ton Juliette, of Belfast, Me., from Rockland, Me., with lime ashes for ... Read MORE...

  • Gloucester Massachusetts, 1890
    GLOUCESTER, long celebrated as a fishing-port, occupies the larger part of Cape Ann, the easterly extremity of Essex County, and is about 30 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - Gloucester Buildings Prey of Forest Fires
    Boston Journal Special Wire.
    Gloucester, March 25. - Grass and forest fires kept the local fire department busy most of the day. A barn on the Hovey ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Gloucester, a city and port of entry of Essex co., Mass., 28 miles NNE. of Boston, is beautifully situated on the 8. side of the peninsula of Cape... Read MORE...

  • 1925 - Frozen dinners were invented in Gloucester
    The concept may seem obvious today, but Clarence Birdseye was the first to introduce mass-produced frozen meals in 1925. www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/interesting-history-facts-ma/

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