A MOST DANGEROUS HISTORIC SITE!
Early Sunday morning, October 29th, Jim Nevins of Arlington, MA took this photo:
The plaque marks the exact location where the Washington Elm stood. Like the Elm, Jim stood in the middle of Garden Street at the intersection of Mason Street to capture this photo. But, unlike the elm, Jim is still standing.
READ MORE ABOUT THE WASHINGTON ELM:
Real or myth?
According to Wikittavel, on July 3, 1775, George Washington officially took command of the Continental Army at ceremonies beneath the Washington Elm, which stood at the edge of the training grounds used by the troops.
According to the Frequently Asked Research Questions at the Cambridge Historical Commission, the tree was real, and Washington did take command of the army in Cambridge on July 3, 1775, but there is no documentation to indicate that the event took place under the elm tree.
MY PASSING WORDS:
Don’t walk in traffic.
Take Jim’s word for it – - the plaque is real.
If you must see it for yourself, get up early on a Sunday morning as Jim did, or someone may be creating a plaque for you with some passing words.