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Haymarket, Boston

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Haymarket Square is the historic name of a former town square in Boston, located between the North End, Government Center, the Bulfinch Triangle, and the West End. The square was a well-known feature of Boston from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, when the buildings around it were demolished to make way for the Central Artery and Government Center. The Haymarket produce market continues to operate at a location near the historic site of the square.History of the squareDuring the early years of European settlement in Boston, the future site of Haymarket Square was in a part of Boston Harbor called Mill Cove. The mouth of the cove was dammed in the 1640s, turning it into Mill Pond. In 1807, the town of Boston gave the Boston Mill Corporation permission to begin filling in Mill Pond. A street plan for the filled land was proposed in 1808 by Charles Bulfinch. Filling of the pond to create the area known as the Bulfinch Triangle was completed in the early 1820s. The future location of Haymarket Square, where Merrimack, Canal, and Charleston Streets converged at the southern tip of the Bulfinch Triangle, appears on an 1826 map.A drawing published in 1895 entitled "View of the New Land in 1828" shows Haymarket Square. Images from the early 1800s show hay being sold in the square. The name Haymarket Square appears on an 1844 map.
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  • If you are going to be in Boston for a few days I would highly recommend visiting Haymarket instead of a local grocery to stock up on the fruits and vegetables that you could need. Lots of local growe...  more »
  • A real bargain. I use this as a way to save money but I can see this being an attraction, old school market with the bustle and hustle that reminds me of the markets of south Asia. Fresh quality produ...  more »
  • Cheap fruits and vegetables. Strawberries that I ate, but looks and strawberry is the taste is thin, did not feel very fresh. Recommended for smaller packs because I do not know too much in appearance
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