Boston, Massachusetts: Molasses Flood Plaque Team Field Report

North End Puopolo Park

529 Commercial St., Boston, MA
North End Puopolo Park. Along the sidewalk near the bocci ball court, between the two baseball diamonds.
Always visible, but no easy parking.
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Molasses Flood Plaque
A hideous food disaster -- a 40-foot-high tidal wave of sticky brown molasses from a collapsed storage tank -- that deserves a much more sensational monument. Report...

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Molasses Flood sign. Boston Molasses Flood Plaque

There is a plaque marking the location of the 1919 Molasses Flood that killed 21 persons and numerous horses. The sidewalk is still sticky.

The plaque reads:
"On January 15, 1919, a molasses tank at 529 Commercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood. Structural defect in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster."

[Carl & Anne Ambrose, 12/19/2004]

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