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Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

"Roxbury, or Boston Highlands, a former city of Norfolk co, Mass., on Massachusetts Bay, 3 miles S.S.W. of Boston. The site is elevated and uneven, and affords fine views of picturesque scenery. Here are many elegant residences, with gardens and ornamented grounds. In 1867 Roxbury was annexed to Boston, of which it forms the 13th, 14th, and 15th wards. It has 20 churches, 2 banks, a high school, 2 newspaper offices, manufactures of steam engines, boilers, fire-engines, chemicals, carpets, clocks, leather, paper, cordage, fringes, tassels, &c., and is connected with the city proper by electric street-railways and lines of horse-cars."

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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Dudley Street Terminal Station, Roxbury, Mass.

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Roxbury Crossing (1909)

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The Old Monroe House. The Oldest House in Roxbury, Mass. Built 1683.
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  • 1. ROXBURY. [Pop. 9,089 Inc. 1630.]
    Roxbury, the largest town in Norfolk County, is the only town naturally united to Boston by land.

    On a level tract, called Jamaica Plain, is a... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - October 1 - The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
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  • 1867 - Annexed to Boston
    Roxbury was incorporated as a town September 28, 1630; as a city March 12, 1846; and was annexed to Boston June 1, 1867.

    1890 A Gazetteer of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - In the city of Boston there are 507 streets, and 489 courts and places. The newly acquired Roxbury adds 107 streets, and 101 courts and places.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 1, 1868
  • News  1869 - An Israelite in Roxbury, Mass., was recently fined for keeping open his store on Sunday.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 20, 1869
  • 1906
    Roxbury, or Boston Highlands, a former city of Suffolk co., Mass., on Massachusetts Bay, 3 miles SSW. of Boston, of which it now constitutes a part.... Read MORE...

  • News  1967 - June 2 - Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
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    June 2, 1967

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