Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

This old photo from 1927 shows the crowds of people swimming in the North End – right where the Mirabella pool is today. You can see Commercial Street in the background.

Towards the end of the 19th Century, the city decided to build bathhouses in several neighborhoods throughout Boston. The North End’s location was a popular one, with roughly 5,000 bathers daily. Read more about the North End beach here.

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