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No. 560: Railway Station from Square, Mattapan, Mass.
Postcard #560

Postcard. Caption on front: Railway Station from Square, Mattapan, Mass. Postally unused. On verso: Pub. by Thomson & Thomson, Boston, Mass. No. 2766. Printed in Germany. ca. 1910

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 Mattapan Station, 1163 Blue Hill Avenue

Perched on the banks of the Neponset River at entrance to the MBTA's trolley yard and terminal, the Mattapan Station building opened in 1856 and closed in late 1920s after which it was sold and converted to commercial use. The steam railroad carried commuters from Mattapan and surrounding areas to the Old Colony Railroad's Boston terminal on Kneeland Street, and it was that terminus that created that whole business area around it. In the late 1920s the New Haven RR sold the station to the Boston Elevated Railway Co., which abandoned the steam-powered service in favor of electric trolleys. Boston Elevated no longer needed the station and sold it shortly after acquiring the property. In 1950s the building housed a barbershop, the Terminal Barbershop. Papa Gino's restaurant operated there unil the late 1980s. Nick's Pizza was the tenant after that until 2003.

Source: Preer, Robert. "An old-time train station caught between tenants" in Boston Globe, Jan. 4, 2004, City Weekly, p. 7.
Map: Scan of detail from Bromley atlas 1889.
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Created: November 29, 2003   Modified: January 10, 2004