Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island is very different from George’s Island, which we’d visited the previous week. There is no old fort or any historic ruins. All of the history has been covered up. That’s because for much of the 20th century the island served as a dump for the City of Boston. The dump closed in the late 1950s but the island remained a smelly mess for forty years. In the 1990s, the state began a massive tunneling project in downtown Boston. They decided to use the dirt and other fill from the project to cap the dump on the island. Today, the island is a beautiful park. There are large hills on either end and a visitors center with a small snack bar in the center. The hills offer amazing views of the harbor. There is a beach in which you can swim or look for pieces of sea glass. It was a wonderful place to pass a late summer day.

12 thoughts on “Spectacle Island

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It is an interesting history. It was a different time. My travels have shown me that you need a certain level of economic stability before you start to really worry about things like pollution. It’s just the way it is.

      1. prior..

        thanks – and that makes sense

        (and it reminds me of a special I once saw about the Northern California land building up – they did not know what they were doing when they were filling in water areas…)

  1. Miss Gentileschi

    Looking only at the pictures no one would have guessed the Island´s history! So glad they came round to do something about it, it looks lovely now, the perfect place to spend a day. The shots from the hills of the harbor are wonderful! 🙂


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