Bird's eye view of Boston Harbor and south shore to Provincetown showing steamboat routes

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Bird's eye view of Boston Harbor and south shore to Provincetown showing steamboat routes. Encompassing 34 islands and peninsulas, the Boston Harbor Islands comprise the largest recreational open space in eastern Massachusetts, and are all within 10 miles of downtown Boston. This bird’s-eye view, published at the turn of the 20th century for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and Fall River Line Steamers, promoted steamboats as a means of conveyance to the Harbor Islands. One contemporary writer noted with delight the islands’ increasing popularity: “Many beautiful steamboats traverse the harbor in every direction, touching at the principal islands and beaches, and carrying crowds of pleasure-seekers every pleasant day.”. Date: 1901. Sourced from Digital Commonwealth website.

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