Quincy Granite Railway

Mullin Avenue
Quincy
MA 02169

Quincy Granite Railway

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Quincy is home to America's first commercial railway — the Granite Railway — built in 1826 specifically to transport Quincy granite to Charlestown for the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston. The remains of the Railway's incline are located at the end of Mullin Ave. in West Quincy. Parking is in lot on nearby Ricciutti Drive.

The last active quarry closed in 1963. In 1985, Boston's Metropolitan District Commission purchased 22 acres, including Granite Railway Quarry, as the Quincy Quarries Reservation. Today many of Quincy's quarries and the Railway's remains are part of the Blue Hills Reservation, which is overseen by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Visitors to the Granite Railway can access a trail up to some of the old quarry sites, which are now often used for rock climbing.

Granite quarrying exhibits are also on display in the Presidents Place Galleria, 1250 Hancock St., Quincy Center.

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The Incline section of the Granite Railway, 1934

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