Charlestown Training Field/Winthrop Square

Charlestown Training Field/Winthrop Square (HM269T)

Location: Boston, MA 02129 Suffolk County
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N 42° 22.444', W 71° 3.62'

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The Training Field's Struggle for Survival

Road projects in two centuries endangered the "communitie's meeting place."

Despite the Training Field's historical importance, road projects in the 19th and 20th centuries threatened to destroy what was once called the "communitie's meeting place."
In 1869, George Washington Warren, president of the Bunker Hill Monument Association, proposed building 60-foot-wide avenue from City Square to Monument Square, which would have destroyed some of the Training Field. Charlestown residents successfully resisted the plan.

In 1930 and again in 1947, plans for the Mystic River Bridge — now the Tobin Bridge — called for a connecting ramp that would have effectively marooned the Training Field inside a traffic circle.
The Reverend Wolcott Curler, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, launched an impassioned and ultimately successful campaign to relocate the ramp and save the Training Field.
HM NumberHM269T
Placed ByBoston Parks & Recreation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 330367 N 4693365
Decimal Degrees42.37406667, -71.06033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 22.444', W 71° 3.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 22' 26.64" N, 71° 3' 37.2" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 857
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5-11 Common St, Boston MA 02129, US
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