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

Washington Elm

 
 
Washington First Took Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
1. Washington First Took Command Marker
Inscription.
Under this tree
Washington
first took command
of the
American Army,
July 3d 1775

 
Location. 42° 22.583′ N, 71° 7.29′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Garden Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Cambridge Common. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Casimir Pulaski (a few steps from this marker); These Cannon Were Abandoned (a few steps from this marker); Washington’s General Orders (a few steps from this marker); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (a few steps from this marker); Old Charlestown – Watertown Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Way to Charlestown (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Regarding Washington Elm. When the original 210-year-old tree died in 1923, root shoots were sent to locations throughout the nation, and some of them still thrive today. An offshoot tree in the state of Washington was used to create the tree
Marker on the Cambridge Common image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
2. Marker on the Cambridge Common
seen here today.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Washington Elm trees grown from the original.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia. The story of Washington taking command here might be only a myth. (Submitted on October 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Washington Marker in Cambridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
3. Washington Marker in Cambridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,679 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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