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Set aside as a public pasture in 1634, the Boston Common is one of the oldest public parks in the US. Used to graze cows and sheep, for military drill, and for public executions, the Common has an interesting history. It was expanded in 1837 when the public garden was established.

Today the Common offers a 75 acre oasis in the center of downtown. This is the center of the annual First Night festival, home to ice skating, a great jogging area, and an ideal spot for sports or a picnic lunch. The Common is also home to various monuments and memorials such as the Soldiers Monument for Civil War veterans, the Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's colored 54th Infantry Regiment, as well as statues of George Washington, Irish Civil War Colonel Cass, and Senator Charles Sumner (after whom the Sumner tunnel was also named). My favorite is a monument dedicated to the first medicinal use of ether...

Directions: Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles and Boylston Streets.
Phone: 617-426-3115
Website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncom

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2006
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