A few fun facts you didn’t know about Boston

*Boston is named after a town in England
It’s true! The city that’s an icon of the American Spirit is named after a town in England. Many of Boston’s early settlers were from Boston, England, and decided to keep the name.

*The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716
Little Brewster Island is where the first lighthouse was built in what is now the United States. While that lighthouse is long gone, the current island resident is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States, dating back to 1783.

*Boston is home to the oldest public park in the U.S.
Boston Common is a stretch of green sanctuary within the city of Boston and dates back to 1634. It’s the oldest public park in the United States and continues to welcome residents and tourists alike.

*The Fig Newton is named after a Boston suburb
A favorite American sweet snack for decades, the Fig Newton is named after the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts.

*The Red Sox have a patent on a color
Fenway Park is another American icon found in Boston. Its Green Monster is so renowned, the Red Sox have patented the shade “Fenway Green.”

*Boston was home to the first U.S. chocolate factory
Rejoice, chocolate lovers! The very first chocolate factory in the United States was built in the Lower Mills section in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

*A deadly wave of molasses once flooded the North End
In January 15, 1919, a storage tank holding more than 2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a giant wave of the hot syrupy substance through the North End of Boston. It killed 21 people and several horses and injured more than 100 others, making it the worst molasses-related accident in history.

*The first U.S. subway was built here
Boston built America’s first subway, the Tremont Street Subway, back in 1897.

*Beantown really is about baked beans
The city’s nickname is Beantown due to the popularity of the baked beans in molasses among its early residents.

*You can drive 90 feet below the earth’s surface in Boston
Boston’s Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest in North America, running nearly 90 feet underneath the earth’s surface.

*$100 million in paintings was stolen from a Boston museum

The biggest art theft to date occurred in Boston on March 18, 1990. Two thieves posing as cops stole 12 paintings worth a total of $100 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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