About Malden, MA
Boston is less than 15 minutes away by train, a perk that’s attracted new high-end mixed-use developments, some through partnerships with neighboring cities, and all within walking distance to T stops. There’s also MBTA bus and commuter rail service and easy access to routes 1, 1A, and 128 and Interstate 93. Logan International Airport is short 20 minute ride.
Bloomberg Business named Malden the best place in Massachusetts to raise kids in 2009, citing the city’s diversity, affordability, proximity to Boston, and Malden Square’s revitalization. Malden is also known for being the home to the Converse Rubber Shoe Co., which opened in 1908.
Malden sits north of the Mystic River and was settled by the Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pennacook tribe. The area was originally called the “Mistick Side” and was a part of Charlestown. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649. Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, chose to call the area Malden after the town of Maldon, England. The city originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870).
At the time of the American Revolution, the population was at about 1,000 people. The citizens were involved in the early resistance against the British oppression. They boycotting the consumption of tea in 1770 to protest the Revenue Act of 1766, and it was also the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire.
Like many communities in New England, many towns and neighborhoods are organized around squares, which are located at the crossroads and town commons dating back from the colonial times and the early 19th century. Many of the neighborhoods take their name and identity from the main square in their area.
Malden’s squares include Malden Square (at Main and Pleasant streets), Converse Square (at Main, Salem, and Ferry streets) Oak Grove Square (at Oak Grove T Station), Bellrock Square (at the intersections of Cross, Main and Medford Sts.), Judson Square (near Ferryway School), former Suffolk Square (at Cross and Bryant Streets), and the location of a thriving Jewish community, Maplewood Square (at Lebanon, Maplewood and Salem Streets) and Linden Square.
Some of the neighborhoods in Malden include Faulkner (location of the former Suffolk Square) West End, Edgeworth, Linden, Ferryway, Forestdale, Maplewood, Bellrock, and Belmont Hill (located between Bellrock and Ferryway).
Bell Rock Park Civil War Memorial
Since 1905, Bell Rock Memorial Park has commemorated Malden’s veterans. This is the location of Malden’s first two meeting houses and the rocky outcrop on site serves as an important landmark. In 1658, a church bell was hung from scaffolding on top of the rock and was used to call colonial worshippers. It is from this use that the name Bell Rock derived. The park also includes the bronze sculpture, “The Flag Defenders,” created by Bela Pratt to pay tribute to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. The monument is comprised of three figures representing the three branches of government at the time: the Navy, Army and Marines. Frederick Law Olmsted, a noted landscape architect, was tasked with the layout of the park. He carefully placed the monument at the highest point while designing the pathways so that each would provide a clear view of the soldiers.
Located at 403 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
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