Disasters, Dirty Deeds, and Debauchery in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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If you've been led to believe that Boston is steeped only in patriotism, Brahmin sensibilities, Ivory Towers, and the Kennedys—think again. All is not sugar and spice in one of America’s oldest cities; the dark side is never more than a few steps away! Boston’s less-than-illustrious past extends from the arrival of the Puritans to the present day, with a ghastly deed lurking around every corner. As you stroll down the quaint streets of Boston, discovering its sometimes sordid past, you may look at this historic old city in an entirely new light. This tour delivers you to a number of Boston sites that have seen their share of calamities, evil doings, and flauntings of the flesh. You’ll discover where colonists were killed by redcoats at the Old State House and townsfolk in the North End died in a flood of molasses. If you’re fascinated by the “Wives of Satan,” old Mount Whoredom, Scollay Square, and the Combat Zone should get your attention. Or if ghosts are your bag, see if you can find the specter of a drunkard drinking his way to death, a subway rider who couldn’t find his way off the MBTA, or a group of corpses displaced from their burial sites. Not merely puritanical, Boston has been the home of armed robberies, violent racial hatred, crooked politicians, and many more less-than-savory activities.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

If you've been led to believe that Boston is steeped only in patriotism, Brahmin sensibilities, Ivory Towers, and the Kennedys—think again. All is not sugar and spice in one of America’s oldest cities; the dark side is never more than a few steps away! Boston’s less-than-illustrious past extends from the arrival of the Puritans to the present day, with a ghastly deed lurking around every corner. As you stroll down the quaint streets of Boston, discovering its sometimes sordid past, you may look at this historic old city in an entirely new light. This tour delivers you to a number of Boston sites that have seen their share of calamities, evil doings, and flauntings of the flesh.

You’ll discover where colonists were killed by redcoats at the Old State House and townsfolk in the North End died in a flood of molasses. If you’re fascinated by the “Wives of Satan,” old Mount Whoredom, Scollay Square, and the Combat Zone should get your attention. Or if ghosts are your bag, see if you can find the specter of a drunkard drinking his way to death, a subway rider who couldn’t find his way off the MBTA, or a group of corpses displaced from their burial sites. Not merely puritanical, Boston has been the home of armed robberies, violent racial hatred, crooked politicians, and many more less-than-savory activities.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Disasters, Dirty Deeds, and Debauchery in Boston

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