Historical Sketch of West Cambridge, MA
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WEST CAMBRIDGE was incorporated a town in 1807. It was previously a part of Cambridge, called Menotomy. The southern part of the town is low, and some of it swampy. The middle is dry and healthy, with good land for culture and pasturage; the north part of the town IS broken, rocky, and partially covered with wood. This town has a considerable village, situated principally on a single street, about a mile in length. There are three churches, 1 Congregational, 1 Universalist, and 1 Baptist. Population, 1,308. Distance, 12 miles from Concord, 4 from Lexington, and 6 from Boston. In 1837, there were 500 pairs of boots and 31,000 pairs of shoes manufactured, valued at $25,500. There were 2 mills for pulverizing drugs, medicines and dye stuffs; capital invested, $24,000; hands employed, 11; value of the same manufactured, $200,000. One dying and calico printing manufactory; hands employed, 44; value of manufacture, $40,000. Value of saws manufactured, $30,000. Value of chairs and cabinet ware manufactured, $10,000. There was also a card. manufactory and a turning and sawing mill.


FROM:
Historical Collections Relating to the
History and Antiquities of
Every town in Massachusetts with
Geographical Descriptions.
By John Warner Barber.
Worcester
Published by Warren Lazell.
1848

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