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1848 Boston Massachusetts Cochituate Water Celebration Advertising Souvenir Ribbon
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1848 Boston Massachusetts Cochituate Water Celebration Advertising Souvenir Ribbon
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The picture shows a view of this 1848 Boston Massachusetts Cochituate Water Celebration Advertising Souvenir Ribbon. The silk ribbon is imprinted in black. The water celebration was dedicated to Josiah Quincy, Jr., The City Council, and Water Commissioners. On this day over 300,000 people gathered and celebrated on and around Boston Common upon the completion of an aqueduct that was built bringing clean and pure Lake Cochituate water from Natick to the City of Boston. Previously the city depended on wells and rain water. This was a life altering event for Boston residents. This ribbon is from that very day in Boston, Massachusetts History. The ribbon pictures the Boston Common Frog Pond Water Fountain and is marked as follows:

COCHITUATE
WATER,
INTRODUCED INTO BOSTON
OCT. 25, 1848.

The imprinted ribbon measures about 2-1/16'' x 8''. It appears to be in excellent condition as pictured. The following comments on the event appeared in an 1848 Boston area newspaper:

Newspaper, 1848
GRAND CELEBRATION OF
THE INTRODUCTION OF PURE WATER INTO BOSTON

The day was ushered in with the firing of cannon, the ringing of bells, and all the demonstrations proclaiming a day of jubilee throughout the city. . . .The weather was surpassingly fine. Never before, probably, has so large a concourse been gathered in Boston. No political celebration ever called together such multitudes. Not only the Common was filled, but all the streets through which the procession was to pass, were lined with spectators, while the windows, balconies, doors and roofs had their thousands, and even the gates, fences and trees were occupied. The spectacle which the common presented all day was very animating. The moving masses, the gay dresses of the ladies, the military and the firemen, combined to present an extraordinary scene. At various points inscriptions were strung across the streets in commemoration of the past and present epochs of the history of the introduction of the water. Various mottoes from scripture, & c. were also displayed, such as, ''Water shall run in dry places, and the thirsty shall drink thereof and be glad''. ''Streams shall run in our streets, and play about our dwellings''.

. . . After hearing the report of the Water Commissioners, the Mayor said, ''Citizens of Boston, it has been proposed that pure water be introduced into the city. All who are in favor of the proposition will please say aye''. A tremendous response arose from all parts of the Common, and immediately a column of water burst forth from the Fountain, to a height of some seventy-five feet. Nine cheers were given, and the firing of cannon announced the intelligence that the waters of Lake Cochituate were in the heart of our city. The water was thrown subsequently through different jets, and the exhibition called forth the warmest admiration of the multitude. The Fountain indeed operated perfectly, setting at rest all apprehensions as to a full supply of water.

While the fountain was playing, the following Chorus from the Oratorio of Elijiah, was sung by the Handyl and Haydn Society. . . Conclusion. It may with truth be said, that such a day as the 25th October, had Boston never seen; a day as we have before remarked, that will ever live in the memory of her present children, and be carried down in story to children's childrenÉ.

From Farmer's Cabin, November 2, 1848.

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1848 Boston Massachusetts Cochituate Water Celebration Advertising Souvenir Ribbon


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