Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Boston Molasses Flood
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. This marker is located on a low granite wall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols (about 400 feet away); Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (about 400 feet away); Copp’s Hill and the American Revolution (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 make a good reference for this marker. It has a discussion of the incident itself but it also has pointers to (Submitted on October 24, 2012, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Disasters •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 2,274 times since then and 104 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week January 13, 2013. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. 4. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.