Malden’s 2.3 mile secret

The Malden River is receiving the attention it deserves! Thank you to the Friends of Malden River!

Neighborhood View

Five hundred years ago, the streets we drive everyday in Malden were vast swampland dotted with rocky outcroppings and covered with dense forest. A wide, winding river cut through this hilly forestland and Indian tribes like the Massachusett could live safely under the cover of the forest and watch for enemies approaching up the river. Tidal salt water flowed into the river from the ocean and with it came abundant fish, shellfish and sea fowl, and the large furry animals which preyed on them, providing plenty of food and clothing for the Native Americans.

1796 Map of Malden River prepared by Peter Tufts. Courtesy of “Images of America, Malden” Malden Historical Society 1796 map of Malden River prepared by Peter Tufts. Courtesy of “Images of America, Malden” Malden Historical Society

In the 1600s a few brave Pilgrim settlers from Boston found their way up the river and realized its value. The river provided a quick means of travel, alewife, blueback herring, oysters and clams could be found in…

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