On January 15, 1919 a storage tank owned by the Purity Distillery Co. collapsed, releasing 2,300,000 tons of molasses onto the streets, residents and buildings of Boston's North End. The aftermath of the "Great Molasses Flood" left 21 dead, and approximately 150 injured. It also required Boston to organize an extensive clean-up effort, to remove and replace collapsed buildings and elevated train structures, scrub residue off streets and unclog sewers. To many the "Great Molasses Flood" has become a historical oddity, or an amusing urban legend. Yet, the events surrounding the flood might also give us the chance to explore broader historical themes related to life in early twentieth century Boston.

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    View an updated recreated map of the North End area affected by the Molasses flood.  
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