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Boston, Massachusetts - Hood Milk Bottle
At the Wharf in Boston on the Plaza by the Childrens Museum in a Giant Hood Milk Bottle. The Milk Bottle is 40 feet high and made entirely of wood. There is large text on the bottle: "It's Hoods be Good." Currently the Bottle serves as a concessionaire selling hot dogs, ice cream and soda.[Howard Schoenfeld, 10/10/2004]
Boston Children's Museum
- 300 Congress St., Boston, MA
- At the Boston Children's Museum. I-93 exit 20. Follow signs to I-90E -- in the tunnel take exit 25 -- then follow the signs to "South Boston." At end of the ramp get into the left lane and turn left onto Congress St. Bottle is between the museum and the water.
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- Worth a Detour
Boston, Massachusetts - Grave of Mother Goose
Mother "Mary" Goose is buried at the Granary Burial Ground in Boston.[Kirsten, 11/15/2013]
Always a bit confusing: Mary Goose was the first wife of Isaac Goose; after she died, he married Elizabeth Foster (Goose), and they had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Thomas Fleet, who wrote "Mother Goose's Melodies for Children" published in 1719. But Mary Goose's cool old Angel of Death tombstone is the Mother Goose tourist magnet.
Granary Burial Ground
- Tremont Street, Boston, MA
- Granary Burial Ground, just east of Boston Common and Park St. along Tremont St.
- Dusk till dawn
- Boston, Massachusetts - Mother Goose's Gravesite
Some believe this to be the grave of the original Mother Goose. It is unclear whether or not her body is buried under this stone or elsewhere in the cemetery.[Alisa Johnson, 11/29/2004]
- Boston, Massachusetts - Hub of the Solar System
You have noted the late-comer, now defunct and much lamented Filenes as the Hub of the Universe.
As a long-time Bostonian, I think this entry should be revised or at least amended to reflect the history of the phrase. Yes, Boston is the "Hub of the Universe," but the origin is Oliver Wendell Holmes in his 1858 "Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" stating "[the] Boston State House is the hub of the Solar System. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crowbar." So the axis of the hub of the Universe sticks vertically out of the gilded dome of our Bulfinch State House. And Holmes is the senior one, the doctor poet, not junior, the lawyer justice.[D. Roger Howlett, 02/05/2011]
- Boston, Massachusetts - Center of the Universe
Thanks to Oliver Wendel Holmes, Boston has the reputation of being the Hub of the Universe and that center of the hub has been marked by Filene's Department Store. Seems they allowed a Fruit Stand to set up at the exact center selling fruit and vegetables that are not even organic! Stood right in the center, trying to absorb the cosmos, but only got the owner saying "Do you need help?" The two apples I bought and ate did seem to taste better from the center of the universe, though.[Carl & Anne Ambrose, 12/21/2004]
- Lamberts Fruits at the corner of Washington and Summer St. next to Filene's.