This is the second of my two web pages on Boston. It covers the Bunker Hill and the Charlestown Navy Yard, which are located to the north east of downtown Boston, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, which is located in north west of downtown Boston across the Charles River.
This is the Bunker Hill Monument located in the center of Monument Square. Construction of the monument began in 1827 and it wasn't completed until 1838.
The view to the south east of the monument - more on this later.
While checking out the visitor center next to the monument I was surprised to discover that you can actually enter and climb to the top of the monument.
As the sign says, the climb is not for everyone. There are 294 steps to top, which is a good little climb, but what makes it really unpleasant is the fact that it was extremely hot out and there is very little ventilation inside. The "do not through objects out the windows" statement on the sign is a bit of a joke, since all the windows are covered with plexiglass and what is open to the outside is covered in a relatively fine metal grate.
The climb to the top is very tedious, you just keep going around in circles. You occasionally get a small glimpse of the outside and get 'some' fresh air when you encounter the slits in the east side of the monument (see picture above).
The view from the top makes the climb worth it. The openings at the top of the monument are covered with plexiglass so that did affect the quality of the pictures. The first picture is one I stitched together showing downtown Boston and the Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge.
This is a shot to the west (you can just barely see the Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge in the top left of the picture). Can you see my Jeep?
This is a shot to the south. If you look carefully you will see the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the center of this picture.
Directly south of the monument.
This is a shot to the south east (the same direction as the two earlier pictures above take at ground level outside the monument).
A slightly better shot of the Tobin Bridge to the south east of the monument.
Some roof top decks to the east of the monument.
In case you didn't spot my Jeep earlier, here's a close up.
The USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides", is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world was launched October 21, 1797. I wanted to go on board for a tour, but I didn't feel like waiting in the hot sun in the massive lineup.
The USS Cassin Young below, is a Fletcher-class destroyer built in San Pedro, California. It was commissioned on December 31, 1943 and logged nearly 150,000 miles in the Pacific in World War II. The ship also served in the Korean war in the 1950s and was decommissioned in 1960. This ship was not packed with tourists like the USS Constitution, so there was no problem getting on board to look around.
I spent a bit of time wandering around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus - both inside and out. The first picture below is the Maclaurin Buildings in the center of the campus. The other pictures below show some of the interesting architecture and art that exists on the campus.