This is the Charles River Basin portion of our Boston Evolution tour. We discuss how the landmass of Boston more than doubled in size from he colonial era 759 acre isthmus to into the thriving international metropolis that it is today. We’ll discuss the 5 hills of the Shawmut peninsula that was colonial era Boston. How the Boston Common was once waterfront property. How the Back Bay was filled in to create some of the most desirable real estate in the country. We’ll cover other interesting and fun topics such as the etymology of the Boston Common and Tremont Street. We’ll cover the creation of Beacon Hill Brownstones and how mountains were moved to make it possible. We’ll walk along the Charles river Esplanade and talk about how the once tidal Charles River Basin evolved into a fresh water river adorned with bridges, bike paths and public spaces. There are so many wonderful interesting historical items to explore. You'll never look at the city the same way again. This is an Urban Hike - We'll be exploring Boston, hiking it's streets neighborhood and historical places. It will be approximately 3 hours and about 4 miles long. So please wear comfortable footwear.
With a degree in History & Political Science as well as being a world traveler and retired from the United States Air Force, I have a great appreciation and love for what and how this country has come to be. I’ve been hiking, biking and paddling my way around New England for most of my life. I’m excited to share my love of the outdoors and knowledge about the history and beauty of this little corner of our planet. I try to add a little more than most tours. Not only will I bring you to some beautiful places, but we’ll explore the flora, fauna and history of each place to give you greater depth of knowledge and appreciation for these unique treasures.
We'll start at the State house, walk along the Boston Common, through the cobblestone gaslit streets of Beacon Hill, to the Liberty Hotel We'll cross a footbrige to the Charles River Esplanade and Memorial Hatch Shell, Down along the Storrow Lagoon and Charles River. We’ll then Cross over the Arthur Fielder Footbridge to finish our tour in the Boston Public Garden.
Charles River Basin Evolution Tour