Historic Allston mile marker no longer in captivity

A colonial mile marker that somehow survived being on Harvard Avenue for almost 2 1/2 centuries before being sheared in two last year is no longer surrounded by a fence thanks to efforts by preservationists and the city to repair it, set it back more and install a couple of protective bollards.

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    I honestly had no idea it was

    I honestly had no idea it was a historic mile marker. It looked like a hunk of rock on the edge of the sidewalk and then it had a fence around it. While I do like the idea of preservation and think that it's important in theory, I do wonder what (if any) any aspects of the Allston of today that will seem worth preserving in the future.

    'The Stone'

    Remember asking my grandfather about 'the stone', probably around 1970 or so. He said, "Well, I grew-up in Brookline and Allston. Remember when more than drunks would use the dang thing when coming from the bars in Allston. Also, when I was young, I remember horses and dogs finding that dang stone convenient."

    My elderly aunt, now living on The Cape, said, "I remember waiting with my girlfriends when I was a teen waiting for boys to come out of the former Allston Library across the street. We use to tell the boys -- We'll meet you at the old stone."