Author Anthony Mitchell Sammarco's treatment of the city's history in Somerville, the first photographic history of the area ever published, combines informative text with over 200 vintage images of the city's development. Somerville joins numerous other well-received pictorial histories of Boston's neighborhoods--such as Charlestown, South Boston, Dorchester, and Roxbury--in the Images of America book series, and will certainly occupy a prominent position in this significant collection.
Somervilleby Anthony Mitchell Sammarco
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Once a part of Charlestown that could only be reached via "The Neck" (present-day Sullivan Square), Somerville became accessible from Boston with the construction of the Middlesex Canal and the extension of various rail lines in the mid- to late nineteenth century. By 1842, Somerville's population had increased to the point that the town officially separated itself from Charlestown. Over the years, the population continued to grow. With the increase in population came tremendous change, including the subdivision of farms and estates for residential neighborhoods. The city of Somerville was incorporated in 1871, and the bucolic borough became the beloved hometown of many residents over the next century. Described by Mayor Edward Glines as "healthy, morally clean, comfortable and convenient," Somerville has thrived for years as an attractive, modern residential neighborhood.
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