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Boston, Massachusetts: Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - 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.
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Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - 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.

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Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Plaque

The Molasses Flood plaque moved after renovation, as of 10/15/2023. The new plaque is very close to the old spot.

[EKB, 11/03/2023]
Molasses Flood Plaque

The park where the Molasses Flood Plaque is located is under renovation. No information on where the plaque moved.

[Steelpenguin, 10/26/2019]

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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