A reader asked us to share our favorite "old time" pictures of Dorchester's main street (Washington Avenue). We are always glad to help spur interest in Dorchester history, so here they are, in no particular order. (You can click on each picture for a closer look.)
Readers should note that any pictures of Dorchester's main street without pavement were taken before the spring of 1936.
Dorchester's main street was paved in late April 1936 and opened to traffic again on May 7 of that year. The funding for the project came mostly from the federal Works Project Administration (PWA) under the Roosevelt administration, which was trying to work its way out of the Great Depression with public works spending.
Russell Mooberry, a prominent Dorchester leader, is credited in large part for landing the paving project after tireless work and communications to federal and state leaders.
In early May 1936, a jubilee was held to mark the paving announcement, with races for the kids, street dances, two vaudeville acts, and free sandwiches from the 800 lbs. of beef barbecued donated for the occasion.