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South Boston

American Glass Co. | Glass Making

In 1810 South Boston was 600 acres of pasture and farmland. Land speculators hoped it would become a residential area for Boston's expanding elite, but the Back Bay proved to be a greater attraction for the wealthy. South Boston instead utilized her natural attributes to become a commercial center. Easy access to shipping and plenty of cheap labor provided by a constant influx of unskilled immigrants made South Boston an attractive area to build a factory. The glass factory site excavated as part of the Central Artery Project is representative of this industrial trend. By 1855 at least three glass factories were in operation employing some 600 people or 3.5% of the South Boston population.

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