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Granite, Shipbuilding & Aviation

GRANITE

Quincy was part of the developing granite industry for more than a century. Quincy is home to America's first commercial railway - the Granite Railway, built in 1826 specifically to transport Quincy granite to Charlestown for the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument. The remains of the Railway's incline are located at the end of Mullin Ave. in West Quincy.

Quincy Granite is where? Quincy granite is beautifully displayed all around Quincy and Boston. Want to know more? A walking tour discussing the history of the Quincy Quarry is available at the Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum  Where is Quincy Granite? (quincyquarrymuseum.

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SHIPBUILDING

The U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum is where people may visit uss-salem the world's only preserved heavy cruiser. USS Salem was launched on March 1947 and served as flagship of the sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. She is now docked at the Quincy Fore River Shipyard, at one time one of the country's largest shipbuilding enterprises.

Have you heard about the "Kilroy Was Here" logo or seen it somewhere? Visit¬†Kilroy - USS Salem CA-139 (uss-salem.org)¬†to find out more about the¬†¬†‚ÄúKilroy Was Here‚ÄĚ logo.

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AVIATION

The Squantum section of Quincy, and specifically the area now known as Squantum Point Park, has been the home to pioneering events and individuals in American aviation. In 1910, it was the site of the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, the first international flight competition in the Unites States and the second of its kind to be held in the world.  In 1927, a young Amelia Earhart helped to finance and build the Dennison Airport on the site of the old Harvard Airfield.  By 1942 the area had evolved into Naval Air Station Squantum, an important home base for patrolling the New England coast and training American and British pilots.

Take a walk in beautiful Squantum Point park to read more about Quincy’s aviation pioneers and enjoy the Neponset River estuary, beautiful views of the Boston Harbor and the Boston city skyline.

The old Fore River Shipyard is the place where the first USS Lexington aircraft carrier was built and launched in 1925.
Photo Credits:
USS Salem
Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum
New England Aviation History

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