Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Posts filed under Watertown

Exit Timing

A brief analysis of the routes out of Boston to Watertown and beyond, also called the Upper Post Road. It is easy to take the relative ease of travel in the modern world for granted. I recently visited India for the first time and, in the course of traveling, I reflected how long and difficult… (read more)

Bonner Map of 1722

1722 Map of Boston by John Bonner

A reproduction, dating to 1835, of the 1722 Map of Boston by John Bonner. This is one of my favorite maps. The detail is incredible, including all the churches, all the buildings, the fortifications at Boston Gate, and even the one mile stone and the “gallows.” Click on the map- a larger map will pop up that you can enlarge even more to take a closer look and appreciate the detail. I have this map framed on the wall in my office. One of the earliest versions of the map can be found here.   Thanks to Carl Zimba for alerting me to the various ‘versions’ of the original map.


Bonner, John, ca. 1643-1726,  Dewing, Francis, fl. 1716-1722,  Smith, George Girdler,  Price, William, fl. 1725-1769,  and Fuller, Stephen P..  “The town of Boston in New England.”  Map.  1835.  Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, (accessed July 21, 2019).