Patriots Day

By - 4/19/16 - 11:07 am

"Fan behavior could not have been better," Boston Police report.

By - 4/18/16 - 12:30 pm
Boston Marathon leaders

Matthew Calvin watched the runners come pass Mile 23 in Washington Square.

By - 4/18/16 - 11:37 am
Richard family with Marathon winner Tatyana McFadden

Jean Nagy captured the Richard family with Tatyana McFadden, the winner of the Marathon women's wheelchair race.

By - 4/18/16 - 10:35 am

J.L. Bell brings us an account of the fighting at the Old North Bridge by Amos Baker of Lincoln:

There were two British soldiers killed at the bridge. I saw them when I went over the bridge, lying close together, side by side, dead.

Joshua Brooks, of Lincoln, was at the bridge and was struck with a ball that cut through his hat, and drew blood on his forehead, and it looked as if it was cut with a knife; and we concluded they were firing jackknives.

By - 4/18/16 - 8:35 am
Ready for the Marathon

Tracey Staedter inspected the barricades along the Marathon route this morning.

Meanwhile, the city alerts us:

Meters are free and time limits are not in effect, but all other parking rules remain in effect.

By - 4/20/15 - 5:08 pm
Minutemen on Patriots Day getting all wet in the rain

Patty Neal reports these Minutemen were having trouble finding a cab today.

By - 4/21/14 - 12:14 pm
Tarzan Jones in the 1939 Boston Marathon

In 1939, three years after he had bested local favorite Johnny Kelly - barefoot, and with a burst of speed at the top of what is now Heartbreak Hill - Ellison "Tarzan" Jones won his second Boston Marathon.

Leslie Jones photo from the BPL Marathon collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/21/14 - 11:22 am

Paul Revere gets all the glory, but William Dawes also rode into the countryside that fateful April night to warn the colonists that the Redcoats were coming.

This morning, the National Lancers re-created Dawes' ride from the First Church in Roxbury in Eliot Square.

Reading a poem about Dawes on the front steps of the church:

By - 4/18/14 - 7:42 pm

Starting at 8, the Paul Revere House will be "livetweeting" Paul Revere's ride.

Alas, poor Dawes, never gets as much credit.

Welcome to Dot suggests:

RT if by land, Favorite if by sea.

Via Beta Boston.

By - 4/18/14 - 10:16 am

J.L. Bell fires grapeshot at the notion that the Battle of Lexington supposedly started with a verbal volley in which a Redcoat commander demanded the Minutemen put down their arms in the name of George III, the sovereign king of England and a minster retorted that "We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus."

Besides the fact that none of the dozens of participants in the battle who wrote down their recollections of it ever mentioned the alleged exchange, the minister who allegedly made the retort wasn't even on the Lexington Common that morning.

By - 4/12/14 - 6:02 pm
William Evans discusses Marathon preparation

William Evans discusses Marathon preparation at City Hall.

Boston officials today outlined some of their security measures for the April 21 Marathon that include road closings, more cameras and police and more cots and emergency personnel for the larger number of runners expected.

"Our goal is to make it a safe family day," Police Commissioner William Evans said. "I'm very confident we're going to have a great day."

By - 4/12/14 - 10:41 am

Calendar of Patriots Day events - some this weekend. The list is, however, missing the annual re-enactment of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.

By - 3/11/14 - 7:42 am

Also, no baby strollers along the route. Bring stuff in clear plastic bags.

Meanwhile, some Watertown residents want better answers on the search for the Tsarnaevs after last year's bombings.

By - 11/11/13 - 8:48 am

The Daily Free Press reports on the final planting of memorial bulbs in Kenmore Square on Saturday.

By - 4/15/13 - 2:41 pm

Revolutionary grave markerCapt. John Baker, died in 1781, aged 75.

Roslindale is not the sort of place you associate with the Revolution, but it turns out a cemetery there, by the side of a road Washington's forces used to ferry supplies from Dedham to Boston, was the final resting place for a number of Revolutionary War soldiers.

You can see the remains of the Walter Street Burying Ground on Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum. Go into the Peters Hill entrance of the Arboretum where South Street meets Walter Street and start up the path on the hill. As you walk, keep in mind that back in the day, Roslindale as a place didn't exist - the area was a hinterland of the town of Roxbury. And Walter Street, then known as the Dedham Road was a key supply route for the Americans.

By - 4/15/13 - 1:44 pm

Paul Revere

Paul Revere hoofed it out of the North End this morning to warn the colonists the Redcoats were coming.

Afterwards, Minutemen stood at attention in front of the Paul Revere statue and Old North Church as Taps were played and a wreath laid at a memorial for fallen patriots on the Prado.

By - 4/14/13 - 6:39 pm


The Patriots Day parade in Arlington was fun, but it didn't really have a lot of Minutemen - way more Shriners, in fact (and a troop of Civil War re-enactors, um, what?).

By - 4/12/13 - 9:38 am

Kelley finishing Marathon in 1940

Just in time for Patriots Day, the BPL has posted Marathon photos by Leslie Jones, including the immortal Johnny Kelley finishing the race second in 1940 and on the way to his first-place finish in 1945 (on far right; in Natick Center, ye ed thinks):