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The Fitchbury stock (75845)

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The Fitchbury stock   (75845)
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One Preferred stock for the Fitchbury Railroad Company for Alice U. Pearmaiss, dated Dec 29, 1902, number 34342. A horse-drawn railroad from Boston to Brattleboro, Vermont, via Fitchburg was proposed in 1828] The Charlestown Branch Railroad was incorporated April 4, 1835, as a short branch from the Boston and Lowell Railroad to Sweet's Wharf in Charlestown, opening in January 1840. The Fitchburg Railroad was incorporated March 3, 1842, to run from Boston to Fitchburg, and bought land next to the Charlestown Branch in May 1843. Construction began on May 20, and the first section to Waltham opened on December 20, 1843, operated by the Charlestown Branch until May 1, 1844. Further sections opened to Concord June 17, 1844, Acton October 1, 1844, Shirley December 30, 1844, and Fitchburg March 5, 1845. The new track next to the Charlestown Branch opened in August 1844; the Fitchburg Railroad leased the Charlestown Branch itself on September 1, 1845, and outright bought the branch on January 31, 1846. In 1848 a new bridge opened, carrying the line from Charlestown to downtown Boston. The original Charlestown terminal was southwest of City Square, west of the Warren Bridge (42.370°N 71.063°W). The downtown Boston terminal was on the north side of Causeway Street between Haverhill Street and Beverly Street until the North Station union station opened in 1893. In 1854 Henry David Thoreau wrote in his work Walden about his skepticism of the Fitchburg Railroad near Walden Pond.

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