Throwback Thursday: The History of Route 9

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

Since 1810, Route 9 has connected Worcester to Boston and has been the way residents and tourists have accessed the cities, towns, and businesses that are located in between. When the road was first opened, it was only a 14-foot dirt road and was privately owned. It was, and is, an essential part of building inter-town commerce in the state. This picture shows how thick traffic could be, even after a heavy snowstorm.

Throwback Thursday: The History of Route 9 | Wicked Local Media Solutions

This Throwback Thursday image comes from the MetroWest Daily News, who recently did a story about the new businesses headed to Route 9. They also built a timeline of the history of the highway. Some of my favorite Route 9 facts:

  • Founded in 1810 as the Worcester Turnpike as a private road with four toll booths.
  • In 1845, it becomes public.
  • It’s abandoned in 1900.
  • In 1932, the state builds a new highway where the Worcester Turnpike was and is named Route 9.

What do you remember about Route 9, or the businesses on it. Share your pictures and stories with us! Send them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.

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