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1956 map and street list

1956 Burlington map cover 1956, James C. Piper Inc. adTown Pharmacy/Rexall ad 1956 Burlington MABurlington MA map 1956

1956 Burlington MA street directory page 3

1956 Burlington MA street directory page 21956 Burlington MA street directory page 1

I’m sure you’ll notice some oddities. Skilton Lane is a dotted line, not a real road. Chandler Road is a lonely dead-end with no streets near it. There’s no Mall Road. There’s only one South Bedford Street because the Mall Road hadn’t come along to force a re-configuration of that whole area. Fox Hill Elementary didn’t exist, nor did Fox Hill Road or any of its off-shoots, Mountain Road continued to Cambridge Street. And the map shows “Old Road,” a continuation of Peach Orchard from Winn Street to Cambridge Street alongside Memorial School. It’s visible in this 1954 aerial:

1954 Memorial School aerial, Burlington, MA

And I’m sure you’ll notice some errors. For example, Olean Rd. is identified as Orleans. For further information from the same time frame, here’s a 1957 Burlington telephone directory.

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  1. What year was the classic Memorial school built? Old Road appears to have been re-purposed into the driveway that leads up between the St Margaret’s Annex and that old shed/workshop type building, and then has been covered by trees (which kids used as a path going from Keans Rd to Memorial School in the ’90s, as delineated by the “big rock” next to the existing gravel path), and then leads directory to what is now Stone Wall drive. Very fascinating. Too bad you can’t take Stone Wall drive to get to Cambridge Street nowadays.

  2. That “Old Road” was still there although starting to get grown in by vegetation in the 70s. There were other trails and dirt roads that connected to it where the office buildings on Corporate Drive are now. As kids on Rita Ave we would explore the area and ruins of an old shack and old junk cars and farm equipment that were dumped there. On one hill with a view of the Boston skyline there was a huge granite boulder the size of a truck. The area at the rock was littered with beer cans and bottles. It must have been the high school partying hangout in the 50s and 60s. That hill and boulder were blasted away for one of the buildings in 1980s. We called it the Saw Mill although I don’t know if a saw mill was ever there or even who owned that land before the developer built the office complex and the Condos.

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