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A History of Spectacle Island
A History of Spectacle Island
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: Bostonharborislands
Spectacle Island
Spectacle Island
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: Nolan
Spectacle Island 5k Boston Massachusetts
Spectacle Island 5k Boston Massachusetts
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: Dave Hardy
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, MA
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, MA
Published: 2013/05/17
Channel: samosetlbi
Hiking spectacle island in Boston Harbor
Hiking spectacle island in Boston Harbor
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Chuck Brown
Spectacle Island Boston views Sept.11, 2011
Spectacle Island Boston views Sept.11, 2011
Published: 2013/09/09
Channel: Spencer R Day
Georges Island - BOSTON MA
Georges Island - BOSTON MA
Published: 2015/07/17
Channel: Drone in the Sky
Boston Harbor Islands - Georges Island Walk Tour
Boston Harbor Islands - Georges Island Walk Tour
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Elli Pando
What
What's On It, What's In It Wednesday-Spectacle Island (07.02.14 | Day 372)
Published: 2014/07/03
Channel: rdvnyc
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42' Post " Indiscretion" Underway to Spectacle Island
Published: 2012/06/07
Channel: Donald Symington
Ancient Life on Spectacle Island
Ancient Life on Spectacle Island
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: WGBHForum
Fallout 4 - Spectacle Island Gorilla Defense Force
Fallout 4 - Spectacle Island Gorilla Defense Force
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: TheMOSEPH
Spectacle Island 5k 2016
Spectacle Island 5k 2016
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: Bostonharborislands
BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
Published: 2014/05/01
Channel: GrovelandTV
Ruth at 2012 Spectacle Island 5K
Ruth at 2012 Spectacle Island 5K
Published: 2012/06/02
Channel: Ray Charbonneau
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor
Published: 2011/07/17
Channel: Dave Latimore
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry
Published: 2011/07/15
Channel: Ron Richo
Yurt #3 Peddocks Island Camp Site Boston Harbor
Yurt #3 Peddocks Island Camp Site Boston Harbor
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Vinny Vecchione
Ferrying around Boston Harbor Islands
Ferrying around Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2015/08/23
Channel: Travis Donley
Boston Harbor and Georges Island - July 4th, 2015
Boston Harbor and Georges Island - July 4th, 2015
Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: jshedler
Boston Harbor - To Spectacle Island and Back
Boston Harbor - To Spectacle Island and Back
Published: 2013/10/04
Channel: Richard Harmer
Spectacle island boston harbor
Spectacle island boston harbor
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: jasonatait
Spectacle Island Boston Harbor
Spectacle Island Boston Harbor
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: Michael Dodd
Spectacle Island with Boston
Spectacle Island with Boston's Best Cruises
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: BBCandWaterTaxi
Benjamin goes to Spectacle Island - Boston Harbor 2009
Benjamin goes to Spectacle Island - Boston Harbor 2009
Published: 2009/08/16
Channel: Serafin Sanchez
Castle Island Boston MA
Castle Island Boston MA
Published: 2015/05/09
Channel: Nick Powers
Huge Spectacle Island Settlement
Huge Spectacle Island Settlement
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: Blake Shown
Ferry ride Adventure (Boston Harbor)
Ferry ride Adventure (Boston Harbor)
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Marquette The Artist
Spectacle Island - Asentamiento - Fallout 4
Spectacle Island - Asentamiento - Fallout 4
Published: 2015/12/26
Channel: Martinez GameBross
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Published: 2013/06/19
Channel: Pietro Pecco
My Fallout 4 settlement (Spectacle Island), part I (2016.08.21)
My Fallout 4 settlement (Spectacle Island), part I (2016.08.21)
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: art.tropical
Military History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Military History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2014/05/06
Channel: WGBHForum
View of Boston Harbor from Deer Island
View of Boston Harbor from Deer Island
Published: 2011/03/10
Channel: jtreibick
Fallout 4 (Spectacle Island) Secret Settlement Location Discovery,Exploration & Workshop Acess HD
Fallout 4 (Spectacle Island) Secret Settlement Location Discovery,Exploration & Workshop Acess HD
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: Illumi Nati
Fallout 4 - Mirelurk Queen at Spectacle Island
Fallout 4 - Mirelurk Queen at Spectacle Island
Published: 2015/12/12
Channel: Xiee Himitsu
Free Fun Fridays Boston Harbor Islands
Free Fun Fridays Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2010/07/17
Channel: HighlandStFoundation
Native Americans and the Boston Harbor Islands
Native Americans and the Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2014/05/06
Channel: WGBHForum
Boston Harbor National Rec. Area - Epic Kayaking (Vlog)
Boston Harbor National Rec. Area - Epic Kayaking (Vlog)
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Americas Parks
Great Brewster Island, Boston, MA
Great Brewster Island, Boston, MA
Published: 2013/05/10
Channel: massgal16
Awesome cruise to George
Awesome cruise to George's Island
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Arsenio Tacardon
Boston Harbor Cruise 2
Boston Harbor Cruise 2
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: mary71257
Taking Spectacle Island. Mirelurk Queen Gets Launched
Taking Spectacle Island. Mirelurk Queen Gets Launched
Published: 2015/12/08
Channel: ZeroGB
Rainsford Island, Boston Harbor, 2012
Rainsford Island, Boston Harbor, 2012
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Brad Goodman
TOP 12. Best Parks in Boston - Natural Attractions
TOP 12. Best Parks in Boston - Natural Attractions
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: UltramodernHome
Mirelurk Surprise
Mirelurk Surprise
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Koubitz
boston harbor islands national recreation area boston harbor massachusetts
boston harbor islands national recreation area boston harbor massachusetts
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: TheUnameful
Next Stop: Boston - Boston Harbor Boat Tour
Next Stop: Boston - Boston Harbor Boat Tour
Published: 2010/12/27
Channel: NextStop.TV
Boston Harbor Boating
Boston Harbor Boating
Published: 2012/09/12
Channel: Adam Green
Ferry to Georges Island Boston Harbor 2013
Ferry to Georges Island Boston Harbor 2013
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: Francis Meloski
Stephanie
Stephanie's visit to Boston | George's Island
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: Sergio Turner
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Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island is a 105-acre island in Boston Harbor,[1] 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the city of Boston. The island has a varied history, and today is a public park with a marina, visitor center, cafe, lifeguarded swimming beach, and five miles of walking trails,[1] forming part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is served all year by ferries from Boston, and on weekends and summer weekdays by a shuttle boat to and from nearby islands.[2][3]

Topography[edit]

The island was initially composed of two small drumlins connected by a spit, with an approximate size of 49 acres (200,000 m2). The name is believed to derive from its then-resemblance to a pair of spectacles.[4] However, dumping of trash and dirt, together with subsequent landscaping, have resulted in a significantly larger island with a permanent size of 85 acres (340,000 m2), plus an intertidal zone of a further 28 acres (110,000 m2).

The island is now composed of two artificial earth mounds, terraced with retaining walls, roads and newly planted vegetation. With a height above sea level of 157 feet (48 m), Spectacle Island is now one of the highest points on Boston Harbor.[2][5] The island's inner harbor acreage is 114, with 85.5 upland acres and 28.4 intertidal acres.[1]

History[edit]

The island in 1907 showing the Spectacle Island Range Lights

Starting in the early 19th century, the island was used exclusively for its relative remoteness from Boston. Two hotels were built in 1847, only to be closed by police ten years later when it was discovered they were used for gambling and other illicit activities.

The marina on Spectacle Island in summer as viewed from one of the foot-trails from the North Summit. Thompson Island can be seen in the background.

A horse rendering plant was built on Spectacle Island in 1857, followed by a city trash incinerator that remained active until 1935. When the incinerator closed, trash was simply dumped on the island for the next thirty years. A bulldozer was supposedly swallowed up by the trash sometime during the 1950s. The island remained a smelly, leaking dump until the 1990s.[6][7]

Spectacle Island in 1909, showing the Spectacle Island range with five pointed stars and the Broad Sound Channel range with six pointed stars. The island has been considerably enlarged since then.

Two sets of range lights were erected on the island by the United States Lighthouse Service. The Spectacle Island Range Lights were established in 1897 to mark the last leg of the channel into Boston itself, past Governor's Island; they were not long-lived and were discontinued in 1913.[8] The Broad Sound Channel Inner Range Lights were first lit in 1903 and discontinued around 1950; these indicated the middle leg of the trip.[9] No trace of any of these lights remains.

When the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, or the Big Dig, began work in Boston in 1992, some of the project's excavated dirt and clay was used to resurface the island. The island was covered and built up by dirt, capped with two feet of clay, and covered with two to five feet of topsoil. Thousands of trees were planted, and paths, buildings, and a dock were built.

Spectacle Island opened to the public in June 2006 for use as a recreational area with hiking trails, a beach, a visitors' center with cafe, and a marina with 38 boat slips for visitors.[1][10]

Transportation[edit]

Spectacle Island is accessible to the public either through a ferry from Long Wharf or to private watercraft at the island's marina. Ferries run hourly from and to Boston as well as from and to Georges Island.[11] The marina was closed for almost two years in the late 2010s due to repairs required as the result of a storm in the winter of 2015. As of July 2017, the marina is open and public moorings are available.

Popular culture[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.nps.gov/boha/historyculture/facts-spec.htm
  2. ^ a b "Spectacle Island Factsheet". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on October 5, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Schedule" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Spectacle Island offers spectacular views of Boston Harbor". CNN.com. July 26, 2007. Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Islands You Can Visit - Spectacle Island". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on October 5, 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2006. 
  6. ^ Klein, Christopher. Klein, Christopher (June 22, 2008). "A harbor Spectacle". Globe Newspaper Company. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ Klein, Christopher. Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: a guide to the city's hidden shores. Boston, MA: Union Park Press, 2008. Print.
  8. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  9. ^ "Broad Sound Channel Inner Range Lights: History". Jeremy D'Entremont. 
  10. ^ Sherman, Annie, "The Other Islands: The Harbor Islands make for an easy day trip for sunbathers, history buffs—and especially the traffic-weary", Boston magazine, May 2007 issue.
  11. ^ http://www.bostonislands.com/tickets

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Coordinates: 42°19′30″N 70°59′10″W / 42.32500°N 70.98611°W / 42.32500; -70.98611

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