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Castle Island Magic

Posted by Jim Botticelli  January 21, 2014 05:28 PM

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   A man and his little girl dream and scheme on Castle Island, 1974

A man's home is his castle as the old saying goes. But in South Boston Castle Island is often a man's home as it is a place to go for solace and socializing. Plus it offers sightseeing of all varieties. Castle Island really isn't an island at all, but a peninsula, at least since 1930 when people on streetcars desired to have one drop them off in dreamland. "Done, next?" replied the powers that were. And so it was.

For sheer beauty few urban spots top it in Boston. With Pleasure Bay serving as eye candy, a sandy beach and a calm lagoon into which one may dunk oneself, the island also serves as a historical "two if by sea" reminder with the imposing Fort Independence which was constructed for coastal defense, always on the lookout for dangers approaching by boat. File under Oases.

Thanks to Boston Harbor Walk for information.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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