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Boston Molasses Flood

 
 
Boston Molasses Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, March 5, 2011
1. Boston Molasses Flood Marker
Inscription. On January 15, 1919, a molasses tank at 529 Commercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood. Structural defects in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster.
 
Erected by The Historian Society.
 
Location. 42° 22.094′ N, 71° 3.33′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Commercial Street east of Charter Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located on a low granite wall. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mathers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seventeenth Century Copp’s Hill (about 300 feet away); Unusual Gravestones (about 300 feet away); From Colonial Burying Ground to Victorian Park (about 300 feet away); African Americans at Copp’s Hill (about 300 feet away); Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols
Boston Molasses Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, March 5, 2011
2. Boston Molasses Flood Marker
This is the corner of Langone park in Boston's North End facing North. It is hard to see but the Constitution is in the background on the left (For location reference).
(about 400 feet away); Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (about 400 feet away); Copp’s Hill and the American Revolution (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
More about this marker. This small marker is easy to miss while driving. There is NO parking available in this area and crossing the road to get to the marker is not advised.
 
Regarding Boston Molasses Flood. There are a number of interesting references regarding this event in Boston history. Songs and books abound. The book I've seen the most recently is: Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo.

It is said that even today, the smell of molasses can be noticed on a hot day.
 
Also see . . .
1. Molasses (words and music by Tom Rowe). Schooner Faire recorded a folk song about this Boston disaster. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 

2. Boston Molasses Disaster. Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. The Molasses Disaster of January 15, 1919. I ran into this webpage and thought it would
Boston Molasses Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, March 5, 2011
3. Boston Molasses Flood Marker
Here is a view up Commercial St with the Boston water front on your right. The marker is seen in this photo in the lower quadrant on the granite wall to the right.
make a good reference for this marker. It has a discussion of the incident itself but it also has pointers to other references about it which also make for good reading. (Submitted on October 24, 2012, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyDisasters
 
Panorama of the Molasses Disaster site image. Click for full size.
By Globe Newspaper Co., January 15, 1919
4. Panorama of the Molasses Disaster site
Boston Public Library [file name 77103]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,917 times since then and 251 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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