No. 1490: Four mile stone, Pond Street
Postcard #1490

Photo of Four mile stone, Pond Street from Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). Photograph, 1940. [This mile stone was removed from original location ? where, perhaps in 1907. This 1940 photo shows it at its present location at the front of the Blake House facing Pond Street.]

 In stage-coach days, nearly all the important routes were marked with mile stones, and at the opening of the turnpike era, Massachusetts was liberally supplied with them. The work was commenced in 1707 by judge Samuel Sewall. Sewall set the first two mile stones, measuring the distance along Newbury Street, as Washington Street was then called, from the Boston town house. From a point beyond between the 2nd and 3rd stones, five roads radiated, and the work for a few miles along each of these continued by Paul Dudley, afterwards chief justice of Massachusetts Bay in 1734 and 1735.

Two of Dorchester's mile stones have been saved by placing them at either side of the front steps of the Blake House.

Source: Wood, Frederic J. The Turnpikes of New England. Pepperell, MA: Branch Line Press, 1997. Orig. publ. in 1919.
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Created: July 19, 2004   Modified: February 19, 2007