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Vintage Belmont: Underwood Pool, Then and Now

A look at sites and locations from Belmont's past.

Vintage Belmont will profile a new site in town with some historical significance, a spot that has endured generation after generation, with a short bit of information as well as photographs of the site then and now. 

It has been a part of Belmont for as long as Fenway Park has been a landmark in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.

The was dedicated on June 17, 1912 as a community swimming area by Henry O. Underwood – who made his fortune with Underwood Deviled Ham – who purchased the land from the Boston Elevated Street Railway (which would become years later the MBTA) to become a place where children could have the same fun he had as a child swimming in local swimming holes. 

The area was the first public outdoor swimming pool in the United States and has been popular for the past 99 years.  

Do you have any special thoughts or memories of the Underwood Pool?Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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