Much has changed along Boston's waterfront and in the harbor since this image was drawn in 1848. Wharves were contructed and mud flats filled, creating more land. Buildings went up; others were torn down.

What else is different? Which Boston landmarks can you still see today?

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How did the Harborwalk come to exist? [expand]

How did Colonial laws help create today's Harborwalk? [expand]

Why does the Custom House look so different? [expand]

What happened to the ferry between East Boston and the downtown wharf? [expand]

Where is the Perkins School for the Blind now? [expand]

Why did the Cunard Line come to East Boston? [expand]

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Credits

Lithograph by C. W. Burton; Courtesy of Boston Athenaeum

About us

The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk is a group of volunteers, affiliated with Boston Harbor Now, dedicated to enhancing enjoyment of Boston's 43-mile Harborwalk. The Friends meet monthly to plan and coordinate our three main priorities.

1. Host monthly two-hour long tours connected to the Harborwalk or Boston Harbor;

2. Facilitate waterfront clean-up days to ensure that the full length of the Harborwalk is clean, safe, and inviting;

3. Create engaging interpretive signs to help people learn about and enjoy the rich stories connected to Boston's waterfront.

For more information and to join the Friends, contact Mike Manning, Chair, mmanning@bostonharbornow.org .