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Boston Fire Trail: A walkable guide to the city’s fire and disaster history

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on May 20, 2011

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As Boston prepares to host NFPA's Conference & Expo next month, NFPA Journal® takes a look back at infamous Boston fires.

"Celebrated and much imitated, the Freedom Trail winds through Boston marking highlights of the American Revolution, ranging from Paul Revere’s home to the Battle of Bunker Hill," says historian Stephanie Schorow, who authored the NFPA Journal article. "An unmarked trail, more somber but no less significant, also winds through Boston, a city that has seen more than its share of major fires and disasters."

"Remarkably, the sites of many of these calamities are within walking distance of each other, creating a "Boston fire trail" that is easily accessed on foot by participants at this year’s NFPA Convention & Expo," she says. "You can also use the subway to visit individual destinations or sections of the trail. However you get there, a stroll along this historic trail offers a glimpse of tragedies and triumphs that have had repercussions for public safety issues around the country."

A stroll along this historic trail offers a glimpse of tragedies and triumphs that have had repercussions for public safety issues around the country. Read the entire NFPA Journal article.

Stephanie Schorow takes us on a walking tour of three infamous Boston fires: The Great Boston Fire of 1872, the 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire, and the collapse of the Hotel Vendome in 1972.

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