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This Day in Boston History
December 11th, 1856
The Filling of the Back Bay Begins
On this day
the Commissioners of Boston Harbor and the Back Bay approved the filling
of this tidal flat to create an exclusive new neighborhood.
For the next thirty six years the filling of the Back Bay would build
and use an elaborate system to transport fill dirt from Needham Heights.
This effort alone more than doubled the land mass of the peninsula the
city was founded on.
of the filling of Boston's bays and flats.