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Filling in the Back Bay, 1858-1882 – Item 2 of 6

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Boston, Massachusetts. View of Back Bay in 1857, 1857. Courtesy Print Department.
The polluted marshland of the Back Bay is depicted in this 1857 photograph, taken on the eve of the landfill project. The project began in 1858 and finished in 1882.

 

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