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

Cambridge

1630 - 1930

 
 
Cambridge (Massachusetts Avenue & Dunster Street) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, September 26, 2011
1. Cambridge (Massachusetts Avenue & Dunster Street) Marker
Inscription.  Location chosen in 1630 to be the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Settled in 1631 under leadership of Thomas Dudley and called the New Town. The College ordered to be here, 1637. Name changed to Cambridge after the English University Town, 1638.
 
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1630.
 
Location. 42° 22.391′ N, 71° 7.133′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Dunster Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue. Marker is located on Dunster Street side of Cambridge Savings Bank, attached to the wall of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1374 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Daye (here, next to this marker); Fourth Meeting House (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Indian College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prof. John Winthrop (about 400 feet away); Massachusetts Hall (about 500 feet away); Old Burying Ground (about 600 feet away); Hollis Hall (about 700 feet away); Route of William Dawes (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
More about this marker. This marker was placed originally at Mt. Auburn Street at Cambridge-Watertown line or at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Harvard Bridge. This is the only one of these identical markers which can located in 2011.
 
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 August 20, 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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on October 26, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. Photo   1. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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