To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years. Our fifth stop is Russell Park.
“Russell Park is one of the recreational areas of Arlington.
A tablet at the rear of the school records the exploits and longevity of Samuel Whittemore,
the hero who survived a bullet and a bayonet wound
and very nearly lived to see his hundredth birthday.”