Police & Fire

Rowdy College Students on North St (Oh, in 1865)

College students causing havoc in the North End? Some things never change as shown by this find by Harvard Law Librarian, Lesley Schoenfeld. Manuscripts include records from the Wood Detective Agency, where founder James Rodney Wood wrote in 1879 about his former work in 1865 as a Boston Police Officer at Station 1 on Hanover Street. North Street (formerly Ann Street) was “the rendezvous of the sailors and the bad home element of Boston” and home to 13 dance halls, 25 bars and 30-50 “houses of ill-fame.” Wood recalls that Harvard College students would often get into trouble.


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One Reply to “Rowdy College Students on North St (Oh, in 1865)

  1. During the Voctorian Era, there were record numbers of brothels. Go figure. History always found an outlet for things.

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