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Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fortunes Rise and Fall

 
 
Fortunes Rise and Fall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
1. Fortunes Rise and Fall Marker
Inscription.  
Boston and its citizens experienced booms and busts. Entrepreneur Julius Edson built a business empire that included a sawmill, a gristmill, and major land parcels. By 1856 he also had gained a controlling interest in the 20-year-old Boston Land & Manufacturing Company across the street.

Next to the Boston Store – where the M. D. Garage is – stood the Commercial Hotel and tavern owned by Lucy and Jim Brown. Earlier the Browns had a small store at the site of today’s Trail Mix Boston. Their business ventures were over by 1860. A decade later, Edson’s had crashed too. By 1880 he was a saloonkeeper in Boston without any property.

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Look closely at the stone foundation of Boston Store. Its trapezoidal shape maximizes frontage along the road and canal.

Jim and Lucy Brown’s hotel was built on a lot given or sold to her alone by her father, Waltrous Mather. Jim was later sent to prison for counterfeiting. On his return to Boston, Jim was elected justice of the peace. Lucy eventually divorced Jim. Does your community have any colorful characters?

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historic documents and photos, and oral histories to piece together Boston’s past. Archeologists found these artifacts at the store and garage sites.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio and Erie Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 41° 15.813′ N, 81° 33.515′ W. Marker is in Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Boston Mills Road and Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, on the right when traveling west on Boston Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1559 Boston Mills Rd, Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building a Canal Boat (here, next to this marker); Bustling Boat-Building Village (here, next to this marker); Early 1900s Boston (a few steps from this marker); Ohio & Erie Canalway (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A River Renewed
Fortunes Rise and Fall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
2. Fortunes Rise and Fall Marker
(about 600 feet away); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Boston Land & Manufacturing Company and site of the Commercial Hotel and Tavern. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
3. Boston Land & Manufacturing Company and site of the Commercial Hotel and Tavern.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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