If you know the origin of a Burlington street name, your wisdom is appreciated. Some are obvious topographical references and aren’t worth pursuing (Rocky Hill etc.) And some have obvious historical roots (Winn). It’s the myriad other names that need clarification (Winona, Van Norden etc.). Please email the information to BurlingtonRetro@gmail.com.
Laurel Hill Ln
Lexington St — Before the Burlington Mall or Route 128 existed, Lexington Street used to veer south and meet the Middlesex Turnpike at Wood’s Corner, very close to the Lexington border. Now Lexington Street ends at the Burlington Mall Road, nowhere near Lexington.
Lido Ave — Lido Construction built that neighborhood.
Lincoln Knoll Ln — Lincoln Brogi had a farm near the junction of South Bedford Street and Cambridge Street. He also ran a knickknack store from his barn. More here.
Littles Brook Ct
Lowell St — It used to join Winn Street and head toward Lowell. But then Route 128 arrived and forced it to dead-end in an awkward corner. Before 1900, Lowell Street was informally known as Swamp Road.
Lt. Litchfield Way — Raymond Litchfield, a prisoner of war in WWII and then a Burlington police lieutenant. The 1944 BHS yearbook dedicated a page to him while he was a prisoner of war.
Luther Rd — This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.