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State Street, Boston, 2010, with view of Old State House

State Street in Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest streets in the city. Located in the financial district, it is the site of some historic landmarks, such as Long Wharf, the Old State House and the Boston Custom House.


"South Market Street, Boston" stereoscopic photograph by Bierstadt Brothers

In 1630 the first Puritan settlers, led by John Winthrop, built their earliest houses along what is today "State Street." The Puritans also originally built the meeting house for the First Church in Boston on the street across from the marketplace, which was located where the Old State House stands today. By 1636 the thoroughfare was known as Market Street. From 1708 to 1784 it was renamed King Street.[citation needed] In 1770 the Boston Massacre took place in front of the Old State House.

During the Revolutionary War, it assumed its current, non-royalist name.[1] In the 19th century State Street became known as Boston's primary location for banks and other financial institutions.[2]


The Blue Line of the MBTA runs below State Street. Two stations have entrances on State Street: Aquarium, and State. The Faneuil Hall Marketplace can also be found nearby. The east end of State Street is at Long Wharf, where ferries are available to several places, including the airport.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Boston Street Laying-Out Dept. A record of the streets, alleys, places, etc. in the city of Boston. Boston: City Printing Dept., 1910.
  2. ^ Thomas F. Anderson. Historic Boston. New England Magazine, June 1908

Further reading[edit]

  • "State Street". Ballou's Pictorial. Boston, Mass. 8. 1855. 
  • State Street: a brief account of a Boston way. Boston: State Street Trust Company, 1906

Coordinates: 42°21′31.96″N 71°3′24.95″W / 42.3588778°N 71.0569306°W / 42.3588778; -71.0569306


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