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Cambridge in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Sir Richard's Landing

1630 - 1930

 
 
Sir Richard's Landing Marker - North face image. Click for full size.
By David Russo, May 27, 2011
1. Sir Richard's Landing Marker - North face
Inscription. Here at the river's edge the settlers of Watertown led by Sir Richard Saltonstall landed in June 1630. Later this spot became known as Gerry's Landing, for Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Governor of Massachusetts who lived in "Elmwood" nearby.
 
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 22.474′ N, 71° 8.277′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway (Massachusetts Route 2) on Mount Auburn Street. Click for map. This marker is at the crossroads of Fresh Pond Parkway, Mount Auburn Street, Coolidge Hill Road and Elmwood Avenue. It is a very busy intersection and the marker is on the southern side of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: adjacent to 4 Coolidge Hill Road, Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Sir Richard's Landing (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House
Sir Richard's Landing Marker - South Face image. Click for full size.
By David Russo, May 27, 2011
2. Sir Richard's Landing Marker - South Face
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Charlestown – Watertown Path (approx. 0.8 miles away); Washington First Took Command (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Regarding Sir Richard's Landing. This area of Cambridge was once Watertown until it was annexed. The boundary between Watertown and Cambridge was on present-day Sparks Street and that area westward including most of Brattle Street and Fresh Pond was part of Watertown. This marker shows that the town was founded in what is now Cambridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930). Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on September 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 

2. Cambridge Historical Society. The Cambridge Historical Society has been a repository of history and culture for over 100 years. We are an active non-profit organization and are dedicated to promoting an interest in all aspects of the history and heritage of Cambridge. (Submitted on September 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Russo of Watertown, Mass.. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Russo of Watertown, Mass.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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