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By Elizabeth Bolton | Agent in Cambridge, MA

Cambridgeport Street Names

Allston Street sign in the Cambridgeport neighborhood of Cambridge MAHave you ever wondered what the story is behind the name of your street?  Recently, in a book published in 1896 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cambridge's incorporation as a city, I came across an address that told the story of how many Cambridgeport street names came to be.

Cambridgeport is one of Cambridge MA's most popular neighborhoods.  Extending from Mass Ave in Central Square to the Charles River at the BU Bridge, Cambridgeport's streets are lined with trees and Victorian houses.  Former industrial buildings have been converted to lofts and many of the neighborhood's triple-deckers are now condominiums.  The earliest houses in the neighborhood date to the very early 1800s.  A sprinkling of new buildings - townhouses and condos primarily - can also be found in Cambridgeport.

William Henry Whitney spoke to the students of the Morse School on June 2, 1896 and told the stories behind these Cambridgeport street names:

Allston Street is named for the artist Washington Allston whose studio was in Cambridgeport in the early 1800s

Putnam and Green Streets are named for Revolutionary War generals - Israel Putnam and Nathaniel Greene.

Franklin Street was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

Hamilton Street was named for Alexander Hamilton, aide-de-camp to George Washington and the first US Secretary of the Treasury

Decatur Street memorializes naval hero Stephen Decatur

Perry Street honors Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and Lawrence Street commemorates his ship the USS Lawrence. One more street Erie Street commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie in which Perry fought.  It was Perry who said "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Local families gave their names to Sidney, Watson, Valentine and Tufts Streets as well as to Hastings and Dana Squares.

Next time you're out and about in the neighborhood pause for a moment and consider whose name is on that street sign at the corner.

Elizabeth Bolton is a real estate agent at ReMax Destiny in Cambridge MA whose roots in Cambridgeport go back to the 1890s.  Liz writes regularly about real estate in Cambridge and nearby towns on http://CentersAndSquares.com

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