Riverpaths of Everett, Somerville and Medford Walking Map

Riverpaths of Everett, Somerville and Medford Walking Map

The walk begins at the Orange Line Wellington Station. The route is roughly 4 miles and ends at the Orange Line Sullivan Square Station.

The Mystic River gets its name from the Indian word Misi-Tuk for Great Tidal River. In colonial times the settlers saw that the Mystic was deeper than the Charles and water-dependent industry sprang up on its banks. With Boston’s 9 foot tidal range, the tide would run all the way up to the Mystic Lakes. For over 200 years, residents relied on the tide to wash wastes out to sea. The river’s industries left a legacy of a stew of chemicals that settled to the bottom. The original riverbeds were diverted over the centuries for industry, homes and highways. What you see today, both the good and the bad, are the starting points for reclaiming our rivers.

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