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XV Beacon Trivia

Here at XV Beacon we wanted to share XV fun facts about our amazing city!

Did you know?

  • Boston is home to the oldest public park in the U.S.
  • The City of Boston founded on September 7, 1630
  • The city’s nickname is Beantown due to the popularity of the baked beans in molasses among it’s early residents.
  • Some of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars are Bostonians – Mark Wahlberg, James Spader, Jasmine Guy, Uma Thurman, Chris Evans, Madeline Kahn, Matt Damon, Connie Britton, Leonard Nimoy, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Eliza Dushku and Barbara Walters were all born in Boston.
  • The Boston Fire Department (1678) is the oldest in the United States.
  • The Boston Public Library, founded in 1849, was not only the first public library in the United States, but when the first branch opened in East Boston in 1869, it became the country’s first branch library system.
  • Boston Common, established in 1634, is the oldest public park in the United States.
  • The oldest restaurant in continuous service in the United States is Boston’s The Union Oyster House, established in 1826.
  • Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in the USA, established in 1912.
  •  The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of six World Marathon Majors. Its course runs from Hopkinton in southern Middlesex County to Copley Square in Boston.
  • Boston built America’s first subway in 1897 and The Tremont Street Subway is also the third in the world to use electric traction.
  • You can Drive 90ft underground in Boston; Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest in America, approximately 90 feet under the earth.
  • The first Thanksgiving in the country was celebrated in Boston in 1621, the feast lasted 3 days.
  • Boston is home to the first college in North America, Harvard was founded in 1636.
  • Boston is named after a town in England, many of the city’s first settlers came from Boston, England and simply kept the name.


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