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Scarboro Pond, Franklin Park, Roxbury, Mass.

PC001.02.01.USMA.2540.0420.007 (RS470)

Description

A large group of people ice skate on frozen Scarboro Pond (also known as Scarborough Pond) in Frank Park in Boston.

Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Date Notes
1888
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000470
AccessID: 696
Other identifier: HNEDID-000470
GUSN
195354
Reference Code
PC001.02.01.USMA.2540.0420.007

Record details

Originator
Brown, Edmund K. (photographer)
Other People
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
Descriptive Terms
ice skaters
ice skating
parks (recreation areas)
ponds (water)
sports
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Emerald Necklace (Boston, Mass.)
Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.)
Scarboro Pond (Franklin Park, Boston, Mass.)
Places
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Location Note
Geo.: Large: Mass.: Roxbury: Franklin Park

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Comments

Scarborough Pond.Franklin Park pc001 #

AvatarPosted by Richard Heath on May 6, 2014
This is not Scarborough Pond in Franklin Park. I dont know of a pond in Boston with this topography.

RE: Scarborough Pond.Franklin Park pc001 #

AvatarPosted by Abigail Cramer on May 9, 2014
Hello Mr. Heath,

Thank you for your interest in Historic New England. The photograph of Scarborough Pond is probably from the late 1800s. The landscape of Franklin Park and Scarborough Pond have changed quite drastically since then, but Scarborough Pond was once much larger than it is today, including a long, narrow section that connected it to two other small ponds. This may be what's pictured in this image. I found an interesting article about the evolution of the Franklin Park waterways (www.mr-nash.com/rants/franklin-park-the-lily-pond/), which explains the history very well. I hope this is helpful to you.

Best,
Abigail Cramer
Librarian/Archivist
Historic New England