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I’m the one with the horrible outfit. Which one? Exactly.

In a world where every endeavor is supposed to make money, this website makes no sense. Yet it makes all the sense in the world. Every town should have a site like this, just as every family should have a scrapbook and every school a yearbook. The alternative is allowing Father Time to erode and ultimately erase everything. Who wants that? Yet that’s exactly what happens in most towns. The people, the stores, the restaurants, churches, schools — they just lapse into the void. They’re throwaways.

Burlington can do better — but it requires teamwork. Please take the time and effort to dig up old Burlington images, even if they’re on 35mm slides, from your basements and attics. What function are they serving by languishing in a box somewhere? Zero. But they can serve a real purpose right here.

What purpose? Older residents will appreciate the nostalgia. Middle-agers will marvel at things they’ve heard about but never thought they’d see. Younger people, and recent Burlington arrivals, will see their town from a whole new perspective. It’s like going from 180-degree vision to a full 360. Everything gains a new dimension. The buildings, the people, the street names — they all start to come alive.

If you don’t have pictures but do have a colorful Burlington story, even a short one, you’re welcome to submit it here. The more voices, the better this site becomes.


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  • Robert Fahey, BHS ’86
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  1. Hello! I ran across your site while looking for photos of Route 128. I’m writing a blog post for Archer Hotel Burlington with a mention of Route 128. Would it be possible for you to send me a high-res photo of the 1950s black and white photo of the newly built highway? The line “Photo courtesy of would accompany the photo, as well as a link to your site. Thank you!

  2. Bob, I am co -chair of the 4th of July Committee and we are interested in some vintage photo’s of years past. Would you be interested in making a page about our storied July 4th celebrations?

  3. Hi, do you have any photos for Meadowbrook School? I went there and would love to see some. Thanks. Great site!

  4. I love this site! I am so glad that you discovered our group on Facebook named “History, Memories & Photos of Woburn.” As you know, our group is a place for members to share experiences in Woburn and since Burlington was once part of Woburn, we do post photos and history related to Burlington as well. Again, I’m excited to fully explore this site and learn more about Burlington! Thank you.

  5. Hey Bob, even though we’ve sat across from each other many times closing a car deal, I had no idea you’re a former journalist and amateur historian. Fantastic site.

    I grew up in Arlington in the 60s and coming out to Burlington back then was sort of like going to New Hampshire — very rural but with lots of brand new construction happening. My band buddies and I used to come out to a new music store to pick up guitar strings, picks, drum sticks, and an occasional amplifier. I *think* the place was on 3A just past the Woburn line. Maybe across from where the Escadrille is? At the time, it was about the only building in a new development. Does this sound familiar to you? Can you ID the location or the name of the store?

  6. Great site. I grew up in Burlington. This brings back a lot of memories. Lived there from the 60’s to 1989. It’s really changed a lot. I remember when there was no traffic.

    • Talk about NO traffic! I remember ‘coasting’ down Winnmere & Glen Ave (I was too chicken to go down Harriet) and we would go right across Winn St. The town did try putting some sand at the bottom of the hills but we would go right through it!

  7. I am a newcomer, only in town for 8 years, but am haunted by the farms that were once around us. I have been taking care of Mary Cummings Park for some years, clearing trails, putting up signs, supplying maps, and monthly walks. Would love to connect with you.

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