Boston, Massachusetts: Molasses Flood Plaque

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North End Puopolo Park

Address:
529 Commercial St., Boston, MA
Directions:
North End Puopolo Park. Along the sidewalk near the bocci ball court, between the two baseball diamonds.
Hours:
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. Roadsideamerica.com 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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