RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 62755485 LA English T1 Boston's Back Bay : the story of America's greatest nineteenth-century landfill project A1 Newman, William A., Holton, Wilfred E., PB Northeastern University Press ; University Press of New England PP Boston; Hanover YR 2006 SN 1555536514 9781555536510 1555536808 9781555536800 AB "This book focuses on the filling of the Back Bay's largest section, the Receiving Basin. By the 1850s, pollution of the former tidal marsh and severe overcrowding in Boston inspired plans to fill the Back Bay. Work on the landfill began in earnest in 1858 and was completed around 1890 - and remains the largest residential and commercial landfill project ever carried out in the United States." "Opening with a look at the geological history of the Black Bay and its life as a tidal marsh, this narrative examines the roles of planners, politicians, engineers, and contractors who made it possible to dump millions of tons of sand and gravel into the marsh. Innovative new technologies were needed to excavate, move, and grade the heavy loads, and to construct substantial buildings on very soft ground. Newman and Holton tap into a wide variety of primary sources including rare maps and plans, photography collections, corporate and railroad archives, political documents, deeds, mortgages, and bankruptcy records, all of which underscore the significance of the Back Bay landfill as a central component of Boston's development from a small town to a major metropolis in the nineteenth century."--Jacket.