Beneath the Streets of Boston: Building America’s First Subway

Although a rush-hour trip on the Green Line sometimes may feel as though you have traveled back in time, author and illustrator Joe McKendry will show you the real thing – the 1895 building of America’s first subway beneath the streets of Boston. McKendry’s stunning illustrations and historically accurate narrative will transport you to uncharted territory below Boston’s 19th century streets. You will meet workers who dug miles of tunnels by hand and burrowed deep below Boston Harbor, under Beacon Hill and the Old State House, in order to build the Longfellow Bridge. Boston’s subway opened Sept. 1, 1897 with 100 people on the inaugural ride. 100,000 would ride the train that first day at a cost of a nickel. Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School. Cost $6. Register online at or call 617-730-2700.

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