Timeline of Somerville, Massachusetts facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.

Prior to 19th century

  • 1630 - Charlestown settled.
  • 1631 - Colonial Governor John Winthrop granted 600 acres of land known as Ten Hills Farm.
  • 1703 - Windmill built (approximate date).
  • 1756 - Powder House in use.
  • 1776 - Grand Union Flag raised at Continental Army fortifications atop Prospect Hill.

19th century

1800s–1860s

  • 1803 - Middlesex Canal in operation.
  • 1804 - Old Cemetery established.
  • 1821 - Middlesex Bleachery and Dye Works established.
  • 1834 - Ursuline Convent Riots.
  • 1835 - Boston & Lowell Railroad begins operating.
  • 1842
    • Town of Somerville separates from Charlestown.
    • Population: 1,013.
  • 1844 - First Congregational Society formed.
  • 1851 - American Tube Works established.
  • 1852
    • Somerville City Hall built.
    • High School opens.
  • 1853
    • First Orthodox Congregational Church organized.
    • First Universalist Society organized.
  • 1854
    • Tufts College opens.
    • Union Glass Company established.
  • 1856
    • First Methodist Episcopal Church organized.
    • Round House built.
  • 1863 - Broadway Orthodox Congregational Church organized.
  • 1864 - Circulating Library in business at Tufts' apothecary (approximate date).
  • 1866
    • Emmanuel Episcopal Church built.
    • Somerville Carriage Repository and Manufactory established.
  • 1867 - Perkins Street Baptist Church dedicated.
  • 1869 - Morse Grammar School built.

1870s–1890s

  • 1870
    • Somerville Journal newspaper begins publication.
    • St. Thomas Episcopal Church built.
    • Boston and Lowell Railroad connected through West Somerville to the Lexington Branch.
  • 1871
    • City incorporated.
    • Somerville Samaritan Society organized.
  • 1872
    • Somerville city government inaugurated.
    • City seal design adopted.
    • Population: 16,000 (approximate).
  • 1873
    • Public Library established.
    • Luther V. Bell School built.
    • Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church organized.
  • 1874
    • West Somerville Baptist Church organized.
    • West Somerville Congregational Church organized.
    • Sprague & Hathaway Portrait Copying House established.
  • 1876 - Somerville Citizen newspaper begins publication.
  • 1886 - Third Universalist Church established.
  • 1890
    • Broadway Winter Hill Congregational Church built.
    • North Packing Company established.
    • Population: 40,152.
  • 1891 - Somerville Hospital founded.
  • 1892 - McLean Hospital relocates to Belmont.
  • 1898
    • Somerville Historical Society incorporated.
    • Historic Festival.
  • 1899
    • Forthian Club for women organized.
    • First Unitarian Church built.

20th century

  • 1901 - Lyndell's Bakery relocates to Somerville.
  • 1903 - Prospect Hill Monument built.
  • 1909 - West Somerville Branch Public Library opens.
  • 1910 - Population: 77,236.
  • 1914
    • Somerville Theatre built.
    • Public Library central building constructed.
    • Economy Grocery Store opens.
  • 1915 - Pageant of World Peace.
  • 1916 - First Universalist Church built.
  • 1922
    • 50th anniversary as city.
    • Population: 95,000 (approximate).
  • 1928 - Northern Artery constructed.
  • 1935 - United States Post Office–Somerville Main built.
  • 1936 - Mystic Valley Parkway constructed.
  • 1941 - The Rosebud (diner) built.
  • 1968 - Havurat Shalom founded.
  • 1972 - City seal redesigned.
  • 1973 - Steve's Ice Cream opens.
  • 1980 - Assembly Square Mall opens.
  • 1981
    • Sister city relationship established with Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
    • Bertucci's pizzeria opens.
  • 1983 - Somerville Community Access Television founded.
  • 1984 - Davis (MBTA station) opens.
  • 1985 - Alewife Linear Park established.
  • 1987
    • Brickbottom Artists Association active.
    • Mixit Print Studio established.
    • Joseph P. Kennedy II becomes U.S. representative for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district.
  • 1988 - Somerville Museum opens.
  • 1990 - Mike Capuano becomes mayor.
  • 1991 - Candlewick Press established.
  • 1998 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1999
    • Dorothy Kelly Gay becomes mayor.
    • Leverett Circle Connector Bridge opens.
    • Somerville Open Studios begins.
    • Mike Capuano becomes U.S. representative for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district.

21st century

  • 2002 - P.A.'s Lounge opens.
  • 2003
    • Won-Buddhist temple opens.
    • GreenGoat in business.
  • 2004 - Joseph Curtatone becomes mayor.
  • 2005
    • Union Square Main Streets organized.
    • Union Square farmers' market begins.
    • Sikh Sangat Society Boston and Harry Potter Alliance headquartered in Somerville.
  • 2006 - Honk! music festival begins.
  • 2007 - Highland Kitchen restaurant in business.
  • 2009 - Sister city relationship established with Tiznit, Morocco.
  • 2010
    • Population: 75,754.
    • Sister city relationship established with Nordeste, Portugal.
  • 2014 - Legoland in business.

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