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.
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:
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... Read more
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."
Evans said that, unlike at... Read more
The Daily Free Press reports on the final planting of memorial bulbs in Kenmore Square on Saturday.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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?).... Read more
Minutemen, members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. a few politicians and some bystanders marched from City Hall to the North End today to commemorate the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. The procession stopped at Dawes's grave at King's Chapel Cemetery and at Revere's grave at the Granary... Read more