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Here we rediscover the vanished and forgotten places in one of America's oldest states, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It could be a ghost town, it could be a former neighborhood reclaimed for industrial use. Sometimes we hike into the wilderness, sometimes the lost world is beneath a busy street. Maybe you live on top of a forgotten settlement? Walk along with us on the lost road. More at LOSTMASSACHUSETTS.COM Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lostmass/support

Lost Massachusetts Garth Bruen

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Here we rediscover the vanished and forgotten places in one of America's oldest states, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It could be a ghost town, it could be a former neighborhood reclaimed for industrial use. Sometimes we hike into the wilderness, sometimes the lost world is beneath a busy street. Maybe you live on top of a forgotten settlement? Walk along with us on the lost road. More at LOSTMASSACHUSETTS.COM Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lostmass/support

    Spa E49

    Spa E49

    No, you cannot get your nails and hair done here...but you can get Tonic, Grinders, Tall Cans, Slushies, Butts, Frappes, Batteries for your Clicker, Hoodsies, Roadies...you have no idea what I'm talking about?

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    • 35 min
    Comments and Notes E48

    Comments and Notes E48

    In this episode we respond to listener postcards, letters, emails and Internet comments. The comments cover recent episodes including MVM E46, Myrtle Village E45, Workmans Circle Camp E44, Southerton, Mass: Velvet Mill E43, Vos Haven E42, Mechanic Street E41 and The Arsenal E40. Listeners provide additional personal context for these stories and tell us which topics were their favorites. More information at LostMassachusetts.com




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    • 19 min
    Out There E47

    Out There E47

    In Out There Episode 47 we discuss some of the odd history and findings out in Boston Harbor, particularly the Bug Light. We also demonstrate how to dial into various navigational devices and collect data from them... Sources, credits, photos, links and more information at LostMassachusetts.com


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    • 18 min
    MVM E46

    MVM E46

    Did you grow up near or have you ever seen mysterious castle buildings with the enigmatic "MVM" carved over the door? In this episode of Lost Massachusetts we will explain the meaning behind MVM and the history of the castle buildings... Sources, credits, photos, links and more information at LostMassachusetts.com


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    • 20 min
    Myrtle Village E45

    Myrtle Village E45

    Major highway projects can bring prosperity, ease of travel but can also cut through the soul of a community and make it vanish. In this episode we learn about how the Turnpike Authority cleared out swaths of homes in West Newton and Auburndale Mass. Myrtle Village formed around the Myrtle Baptist Church, which still stands today as a testament to the perseverance and faith of a community. However the construction of the Pike left visible scars on the neighborhood which can still be seen with a careful eye. A jumble confusing traffic patterns, dead ends and oddly configured streets make it obvious that the area used to look completely different.

    We also discuss what a "Turnpike" is anyway and how the famous Star Market ended up straddling the highway.

    By the late 1940’s routes 9, 20 and 30 were already completely congested with traffic. In an attempt to address the growing need for roads, one of the greatest monsters in Massachusetts history was created. Like most monsters this was a hybrid of two things. The key power of this monster is Eminent domain which gives the government the authority to seize private property in the public interest if they compensate the owner.



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    • 20 min
    Workmans Circle Camp, MASS. E44

    Workmans Circle Camp, MASS. E44

    If you are driving through Ashland Mass you might notice something odd pop up on your GPS: a designation called “Workman’s Circle Camp” and if you zoom in you will see streets arranged in a semi-circle. If this made you really curious and you turn off the main road to drive through you won’t find anything that looks remotely like a camp of any kind. 

    This is a ghost on the map and its real name is a further ghost. In Yiddish it would have been called Der Arbiter Ring. 

    The 19th century saw a flood of European immigrants the east coast of the united states. Like many of these immigrant groups Jews from central Europe found themselves in the middle of what were at the time, the most crowded cities on the planet. These were cramped places full of tenements, sweatshops, poverty, oppression, crime and unfamiliar faces speaking dozens of different languages or dialects. 

    Out of this chaos emerged a movement to not only escape the city but to preserve culture. In 1927 the site of an old mill in Ashland was purchased by the Jewish Workmans Circle and became the site of a kind of tent city called the Golden Ring Camp.

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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

JenBarsotti ,

Can’t get enough!

Fantastic story-telling and love that this podcast is keeping the rich history of Mass alive for future generations. Thank you so much and keep the episodes coming!

Alli 74 ,

So happy to have found you!

I just love this podcast! So much fun to have found one that is so interesting to me like lost history.

where's my kid? ,

Thank you Garth!

Keep it coming! As a mass native and history buff, I love these episodes. I’m glad you can prioritize family first. If you’re ever in the bridgewater triangle let me know!!

So happy to see this pop up in my feed today! Glad you are back and look forward to more adventures!!

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