Chelsea Things to Do Tips by atufft
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Columbus Statue, Chelsea, MA
Also along Broadway is Dorothy M Griffin Square, named for a person about whom neither the historical society nor wikipedia revealed anything. At the center is a 1938 monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus, a marble statue of Columbus holding a sword in his left hand and a scrolled manuscript in his right. The base has a relief of a three masted ship, as well as the names of those who sponsored the monument. At the time I visited, the Columbus statue was surrounded by a colorful temporary educational display dedicated to the indigenous population and landscape of Winnisimmet, the original place name for the modern city of Chelsea. Below is a link for Columbus statues throughout the world, in which this statue is referenced with help from my photos.
Broadway Ave, Chelsea, MA
Not much has changed since the early 20th century along Broadway. Some brick businesses still have store fronts and signs from the 1920's and 30's. The business owners have changed though, as many of these cater to the Hispanic immigrants now resident to Chelsea.
Soldiers Monument to Spanish American War
In the City Hall Lawn and just across the street from the City Hall are numerous memorials. The largest and most important is the Civil War memorial, originally commemorated in 1869, was moved to Bassett Square, across from the city hall in 1911. I found this monument in dire need of reparation as bronze letters were missing. The Soldiers Monument, a tribute to the Spanish American War Veteran, is located prominently in front of City Hall. Also in the lawn is a flag pole dedicated to WWII, and a Korean War memorial.
Chelsea Firehouse Memorial
The Chelsea Fire Alarm Headquarters has a memorial in front to all firefighters who died during the several great Chelsea fires between 1905 and 1914--the largest of which was in 1908. The other photo here is of an early 20th century structure that may have survived these fires.
Also located along Broadway, is a square Google Earth names as J Mahoney Rest Area. Here there are several bronzes worthy of appreciation, most of which commemorate important Chelsea residents. Most notable is the Polish National memorial to Casimir Pulaski, Chelsea resident immigrant and "Father of the American Cavalry" who died in Savannah, GA during the Revolutionary War. There's also an old fountain that appears to date back to the early 20th century. A similar fountain in a historic photo provided on-line by the Chelsea Historical Society is labeled as being in "Chelsea Square", but I couldn't resolve this place name problem.
Chelsea, MA City Hall
Bounded by Broadway, Shawmut, Chestnut, and Shurtleff Sts, the Bellingham Square Historic District is the center of Chelsea. City Hall is the most prominent feature here.
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