Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #61, 1 March 2010

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Brockton, Massachusetts

Brockton is located 20 miles south of Boston in eastern Massachusetts. Brockton is part of Plymouth County, and was incorporated as a city in April of 1881. On October 1, 1883, Thomas Edison threw the switch, and Brockton became the first place in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system. Here is a map of Brockton.

The city of Brockton is often referred to as the 'City of Champions'. This is primarily due to the fact that boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler were natives of Brockton. The success of the Brockton High School sports programs also contributes to the Champions name.

Edgar's Department Store in Brockton made history in December of 1890 when James Edgar became the first department store Santa Claus in the United States. D.W. Fields Park, Brockton

The Brockton Fair, held in 2010 from June 30th through July 11th, is one of the oldest and finest country fairs in the US. Events include Fireworks, Demolition Derby, Motorcycle Races, Live Music, Professional Wrestling, and Truck Pull. The Midway features over 100 rides and attractions.

Those interested in the history of the Brockton area should visit the Fullercraft Museum at 455 Oak Street. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. On Wednesday evenings, admission is free from 5pm to 9pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The Brockton Historical Society is the primary caretaker of the museum complex located on Route 27. Among the museums are the Fire Museum, the Shoe Museum, the Heritage Center, and The Homestead.

Located at 216 North Pearl Street (Route 27 Exit 18B) is the Brockton Fire Museum. The museum opened in May of 1992, and was constructed for the purpose of preserving the history of fire fighting in the Brockton area. Exhibits include the restored 1850s Hand-Tub Pumper known as 'The Protector'.

The history of Brockton would not be complete without a mention of the shoe-making industry. Beginning in the 16th century, shoe-making played a major role in the Brockton area. Those of you with feet instead of fins will want to visit the Brockton Shoe Museum, located in The Homestead. This is said to be the only authentic shoe museum in the country.

Also located in The Homestead are the Thomas Edison and Rocky Marciano museum exhibits. The Homestead itself was built in 1767 by Deacon Jeremiah Beals. The building was enlarged by Jeremiah Beals Jr. for his bride around 1807. In 1971, The Homestead was acquired by the Brockton Historical Society.

The place to go for breakfast is Alexander's Restaurant at 391 Crescent Street. Wake up with a great cup of coffee. Then, try the Steak & Eggs, Eggs Benedict, or one of the breakfast specials. You are sure to like the prices as well, and you can even order take-out for breakfast.

Other great area restaurants include Italian Kitchen of Brockton at 1071 Main Street. Where else can you get an Italian PuPu platter featuring Lasagna, Spaghetti, Ravioli, Meatballs, and Sausage? They also serve an excellent Chicken Parmesan.

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