Great Molasses Flood 1919 - Looking Over The Destruction

Great Molasses Flood 1919 - Looking Over The Destruction

Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a giant wave of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture and sections of the metal are visible at the extreme left and right. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch.

Boston Globe Archive

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