Table of Contents

The Mystic River

 A Natural and Human History and Recreation Guide

Richard H. Beinecke

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction and Description

The Focus of This Book

How It Started

Areas Covered

The River and the Watershed

Habitat Description

Part I: Shared History

 

Geologic History

Native Americans and Their Land

Revolution

Battle of Chelsea Creek

Paul Revere and April 18-19, 1775

Menotomy

Putnam’s Fortress

The Battle of Bunker Hill and Other Revolutionary Activities

Middlesex Canal

The Route

Canal Construction

The Boats

Canal Goods

Canal Recreation

The End

Where to See It on the Mystic Lakes and River

The Boston and Lowell Railroad

Route

Declining Fortunes

 

Part II: Paddler’s and Boating Guide

 

Paddling Overview and Put-ins

Four Boating Trips

The Upper Mystic Lake Dam Area

The Upper and Lower Mystic Lakes

The Upper Mystic Lake Dam

The Water Works

Rebuilding the Dam

Boat and Yacht Clubs on the Mystic Lakes

Tufts Sailing

Racing Canoes

Windsurfing

The Medford Boat Club

The Winchester Boat Club

The Shuh-shuh-gah Canoe Club

Ice Boating and Skating

 

Trip I: Upper Mystic Lake

The Aberjona River

Winchester

Pollution

Bridges

Interstate 93

Route 3 Connector

 

Trip II: Upper Mystic Lake Dam to Grandfather’s House and the Condon Band Shell

Arlington

History

Cyrus Dallin

Agriculture

Moxie

Mill Brook

Tide Mills

Boston Mills

Mystic River Mills

Slade’s Spice Mill at Chelsea

Arlington Tide Mills

Woods’s Tide Mill

Alewife Brook to Fresh Pond

Alewife Brook Station and the Route 2 Junction

Currently

Blair Pond

Spy Pond

The Ice Industry

The MPC, MDC, and MDCR

Mystic Valley Parkway

Lydia Maria Francis Child and Grandfather’s House

Slaves and the Abolitionists

Prince Hall

George Luther Stearns

West Medford

Tufts University

 

Trip III: Medford to the Earhart Dam and the Malden River

 

Boat and Yacht Clubs on the Mystic River

Medford

Early History

18th and 19th Centuries

Medford Race Tracks

Gypsy Moths

Middlesex Fells

Amelia Earhart

Cradock Bridge

Cradock Locks

Medford Industry and Business

Fishing

Salt Hay

Ship Building and Shipping

Two Years Before the Mast

Brick Making

Medford Rum

Medford Crackers

Other Interesting Businesses and Business Figures

Jingle Bells

The Mystic River

Impact of I-93 and the New Malls

The Amelia Earhart Dam

Malden

History

The Malden River

Malden River Industry

Converse

Other Companies

Telecom City

River’s Edge

River Quality

Crew

History

The Tufts Boathouse

Gentle Giant Rowing Club

Village Landing, General Electric, and RiverGreen

 

Trip IV: Somerville Up River to the Earhart Dam and/or then Downstream to Chelsea Creek and Boston Harbor

 

Everett

Early History

Town of Everett and the 1800s

Post Civil War Industry and Growth

East Side

Esso

The Mystic Power Station

Everett Marine Terminal and LNG Facility

Today

 

Somerville

Early History

Early Industries

Joseph Barell and McLean Asylum

Ursuline Convent

Railroads

The Town of Somerville

Industries

The City of Somerville

1900s

Today

Culture

Assembly Square Mall

Draw 7 Park

SomerVision

 

The Land Above the Malden Bridge

 

Charlestown

Early History

The Revolution and Rebuilding

1800s Waterfront Land Making

Late 1800s

The Mystic River Waterfront Industry

1960s to Present

Chelsea

Early History

Ferries and Bridges

1800s Development

Related East Boston Development

The Chelsea Naval Hospital and Marine Hospital

The Clay Pit

Chelsea Ship Building

East Boston Shipyards

Winnisimmet Shipyard and Marine Railway

Industry

The Chelsea Clock Company

The Boston Rubber Company

Forbes Lithograph and Forbes Park

Fires and Flood

The 1900s

The Oil Industry and Chelsea Creek

The Eastern Minerals Salt Dock and PORT

Chelsea Creek Lightship Depot

Today

The Island End River

Island End Parks

Coal Tar Processing Facility

The Tobin Bridge

 

Part III: Other Recreation

Parks, Hiking, Biking

Routes

Mystic Lakes

Mystic Lakes to Route 16

Route 16 and Points West

Route 16 and Points East

The Mystic River Watershed Urban Trail Map

The Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail

Assembly Square and the Mystic Waterfront Somerville Self Guided Walking Tour

Other Somerville and Charlestown Walking Tours

The Brooks Estate

Menotomy Rocks Park

Biking

Routes and Organizations

Watershed Bike Path Development

Bike to the Sea

Birds, Fish, and Other Nature

Fish and Fishing

Fishing Locations

The Mystic Lakes

The Mystic River

The Malden River

Other Watershed Fishing Areas

Fish Reported in the Mystic River Basin and Drainage Area

Other Watershed Fishing Areas

Birds

Birding Locations

Belle Isle Marsh

Other Good Birding Sites in the Watershed

William Brewster’s Legacy

Mystic River Watershed Bird List

Other Wildlife

River Events

Movies, You Tube, and Art

A Civil Action

Mystic River

The Town

Chronicle

You Tube Videos

Federal Art Project Murals

Mystic River and Alewife Murals

 

Part IV

The Rivers’ Environmental Problems and Cleanup

Mystic River Water Quality Issues

Stormwater

Stormwater and Public Health

Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)

Sanitary Sewer Overflows: What You Can Do

Invasive Plants

Japanese Knotweed

Water Chestnut

Purple Loosestrife

The Work Ahead: Restoring the Mystic

 

The Future

 

References

Hard Copy and On-Line Sources

Maps ** add if added to book

Photos, Audio-Visual ** add if added to book

Historical Associations

Other Watershed Environmental and Recreation Resources

Interviews, Manuscript Reviewers, and Other Assistance

Notes

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