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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Somerville Train Station
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 06:50:33 -0500
Someone on another List asked about the cemetery in Somerville. I'm pretty
sure that someone told me last year that there is only one cemetery in the
city, a small graveyard on Somerville Ave.
But the web site for the Somerville Historical Society was mentioned, and,
when I looked at it, I saw a picture of a former Train Station. It was
said to have existed in the "Winter Hill" section of the city. The
"Winter Hill" section that I am aware of is on Broadway. But, an old
street-map I'm looking at doesn't show train tracks on Broadway. It shows
2 sets of train tracks intersecting near Medford St. The B&M set go
towards Arlington, and the B&L set go towards Medford.
I'm just curious whether there used to be train tracks near Broadway.
Or, was the "Winter Hill" section of Somerville a much larger area - going
over to the area which "City Hall" exists?
There is a link which brings up another picture of the train station -
showing a hill in the background.
By the way, my map shows the very small "Somerville Cemetery" on Somerville
Ave. And it is located at the end of School Street. And School St.
is a long street running from Somerville Ave., up past Highland Ave., and
going up to Broadway. (It crosses where the train tracks would have been
in the past ?)
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
One set of grandparents lived in Somerville, and I was reminded this week
that they are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
I am interested in another set of great-grandparents, and that
gr-grandfather's sister in Somerville. She and her husband always lived
in Somerville, and I found out this month that they are buried in the
Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose.
And we have a relative who passed 2 years ago, another long-time resident of
Somerville, and she was buried in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
Another relative had his parents living in Somerville, and his father was
buried in the "pauper section" of the Calvary Cemetery on the Woburn /
Winchester line. (He had epilepsy and couldn't hold down a steady job.)
His mother was buried near her sisters in the "Cambridge Cemetery."
(One of my aunts lived most of her life in Somerville, but she married an
older man from Greenfield, NH. And she was buried with him in that town.)
(Just a reminder that people are not always buried in the town or city they
(Another gr-grandfather always lived in Stoneham, but he chose to "live his
last days" in Center Sandwich, NH, and he was buried there. I haven't
figured this out, yet.)
FYI: The "Boston to Lowell Commuter Rails" probably exists on the train
tracks which used to be for both the B&L and B&M train tracks. It goes
from Boston to Somerville to the "West Medford" train station, and then
FYI: I've been interested in the history of "Iron Horse Park" in
Billerica for a long time. It was originally the "Repair Shops" for the
train cars / engines. The "round house" building and several others still
exist there. I've wished for a long time that someone would "restore" the
"Park" and make it into an "historical place." What surprised me is when
I found out that the "main office" of what is now "Pan Am" - the owner of a
lot of train travel in New England - is in Iron Horse Park, and they are
not interested in restoring the Park.
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