The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919

Today’s podcast is about the 1915 Boston Molasses Disaster, where 2.5 million gallons of molasses burst out of a 50′ by 90′ tank, and engulfed a neighborhood in the North End of Boston.  And on hot days, they say you can still smell molasses!

Special note: I just realized in my handwritten notes, I inverted and wrote the disaster happened in 1915, when in fact it was 1919.  My apologies!  When listening to the podcast, the date 1915 is wrong, and the date 1919 is correct.

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One Response to The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919

  1. Mark

    Yep, it happened in ’19, not ’15 … As a native Bostonian, thanks for covering this particular catastrophe. (By the way, it’s “Lang-goan” Park — with a hard ‘g’.)

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