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Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

"Reading, a post-village in Reading township, Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston & Maine Railroad, 12 miles N. by W. of Boston, and 15 miles S.E. of Lowell. It has 1 or 2 weekly newspapers, a bank, and manufactures of cabinet-ware, boots, shoes, &c. Pop. of township, 3186."

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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  • 1639 - Reading is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    The Old Parker Tavern
    103 Washington Street
    Reading, Mass.
    Built in 1694
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    Grouard House, Reading, Mass.
    Gen. Brooks drilled the Minute Men of 1776 in the kitchen of this house and Lafayette on his second visit to this country stopped here. The first Missionary to India and the first Missionary to the Sandwich Islands... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - READING. [Pop. 2,193. Inc. 1769.]
    Reading was set off from Lynn in Essex county, and was once joined to South Reading, which latter is really the older settlement.

    The chief...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Reading
    The town of Reading was incorporated in 1644. It is believed that the name of this town ought to have been applied to the town of South Reading, as th...Read MORE...


  • News 1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...At South Reading, a coal shed was turned over, which fell upon the Eastern telegraph line, demolishing it for some distance. The shed took fire fro...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Reading
    Reading, a post-township in Middlesex co., Massachusetts, 13 miles N. from Boston, intersected by the Boston and Maine railroad. It contains 2 thrivin...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO IN READING, MASS.
    Boston, Friday, Aug. 14.
    Last night a tornado passed through the town of Reading and vicinity. It was nearly half a mile in width. Several dwellings ...Read MORE...


  • 1890 Reading Massachusetts
    Reading is an old and pleasant town in the extreme eastern of Middlesex County, 12½ miles north of Boston on the Western Division of the Boston and Ma...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Reading
    Reading, a post-village in Reading township, Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston & Maine Railroad, 12 miles N. by W. of Boston, and 15 miles S.E. of L...Read MORE...


  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    The Old Slab City Mill
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's Eye View from Bear Hill, of Reading, Mass.
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    The Boston & Maine Railroad Station, Reading, Mass., 1905
  • 1906
    Reading, a banking post-village in Reading township (town), Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine R., 12 miles N. by W. of Boston. It has manu...Read MORE...


  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    Highland School, 1908
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    Old South Church, Reading, Mass.
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    High School
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    West Side, Main St., Reading, Mass.
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    New Federal Post Office, 1929
  • Reading, Massachusetts, USA
    First Congregational Church, 1939


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The Old Parker Tavern
103 Washington Street
Reading, Mass.
Built in 1694

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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Grouard House, Reading, Mass.
Gen. Brooks drilled the Minute Men of 1776 in the kitchen of this house and Lafayette on his second visit to this country stopped here. The first Missionary to India and the first Missionary to the Sandwich Islands... Read MORE...

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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The Old Slab City Mill

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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Bird's Eye View from Bear Hill, of Reading, Mass.


Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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Main Street

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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The Boston & Maine Railroad Station, Reading, Mass., 1905

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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Highland School, 1908

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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Old South Church, Reading, Mass.

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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High School

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West Side, Main St., Reading, Mass.

Reading, Massachusetts, USA
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New Federal Post Office, 1929

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First Congregational Church, 1939

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  • 1639 - Reading is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - READING. [Pop. 2,193. Inc. 1769.]
    Reading was set off from Lynn in Essex county, and was once joined to South Reading, which latter is really the older settlement.

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Reading
    The town of Reading was incorporated in 1644. It is believed that the name of this town ought to have been applied to the town of South Reading, as... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Reading
    Reading, a post-township in Middlesex co., Massachusetts, 13 miles N. from Boston, intersected by the Boston and Maine railroad. It contains 2... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...At South Reading, a coal shed was turned over, which fell upon the Eastern telegraph line, demolishing it for some distance. The shed took fire... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO IN READING, MASS.
    Boston, Friday, Aug. 14.
    Last night a tornado passed through the town of Reading and vicinity. It was nearly half a mile in width. Several dwellings ... Read MORE...

  • 1890 Reading Massachusetts
    Reading is an old and pleasant town in the extreme eastern of Middlesex County, 12½ miles north of Boston on the Western Division of the Boston and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Reading
    Reading, a post-village in Reading township, Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston & Maine Railroad, 12 miles N. by W. of Boston, and 15 miles S.E. of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Reading, a banking post-village in Reading township (town), Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine R., 12 miles N. by W. of Boston. It has... Read MORE...

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