Great Bridge at McConkey's Ferry

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The Great Bridge over the Charles River connected Cambridge, Massachusetts to Little Cambridge, which was the name for Allston-Brighton before it separated from Cambridge in 1807, first becoming the town of Brighton and finally joining the city of Boston in 1874. The Great Bridge was built in 1660-1662 at what was then called Brighton Street, and was the first bridge to span the Charles. A toll was authorized in 1670, rebuilt in 1862.


Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 9) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)


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