Boston, Massachusetts: Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - 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.
Oct. 2018: Plaque removed during renovation. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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. Report...

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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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