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 Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts.
Society: AIAA Main Category: Aerospace & Aviation Sub Category: Aerospace Era: 1920-1929 DateCreated: 1926 20 Upland Street Auburn State: MA Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: Goddard, Dr. Robert H.

On March 16, 1926 Dr. Robert H. Goddard, also known as "the father of modern rocketry," launched the world’s first liquid propellant rocket from a point 1000 feet S.S.E. of the plaque on the property of the Asa M. Ward Family.  Erected by the American Rocket Society July 13, 1960 in recognition of this significant achievement in the evolution of astronautics.

Image Credit: Image Caption: Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts Era_date_from:
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Era: 1960-1969 DateCreated: 1960 491 Dutton St #2 Lowell State: MA Zip: 01854 Country: USA Website: Creator:

Referred to as the "catalyst of the Industrial Revolution," textile manufacturing helped to transform the American economy from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy. It led to transitions from human to mechanical power and from wood to metal construction. Population shifts resulted from significant numbers of people moving from rural areas to work in urban factories. The collection of tools and machinery housed at the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) represents a collection of ideas which developed during this period.

Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Z22 Image Caption: Throstle frame in Lowell, Massachusetts. Era_date_from:
500 CPS Synchronous Rotary Gap transmitter at Brant Rock, Ma. Ca: 1906.
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1906 Blackman's Point Brant Rock State: MA Zip: 02050 Country: USA Website:,_1906 Creator: Reginald A. Fessenden

On 24 December 1906, the first radio broadcast for entertainment and music was transmitted from Brant Rock, Massachusetts to the general public. This pioneering broadcast was achieved after years of development work by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1866-1932) who built a complete system of wireless transmission and reception using amplitude modulation (AM) of continuous electromagnetic waves. This technology was a revolutionary departure from transmission of dots and dashes widespread at the time.

Image Credit: Courtesy Michael Thompson (CC BY-SA 2.5) Image Caption: 500 CPS Synchronous Rotary Gap transmitter at Brant Rock, Ma. Ca: 1906. Era_date_from: 1906
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1970-1979 DateCreated: 1974-1982 Lincoln Laboratory Lexington State: MA Zip: 02493 Country: USA Website:,_1974_-_1982 Creator:
In August 1974, the first real-time speech communication over a packet-switched network was demonstrated via ARPANET between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and USC Information Sciences Institute. By 1982, these technologies enabled Internet packet speech and conferencing linking terrestrial, packet radio, and satellite networks.
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Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1870-1879 DateCreated: 1876 Boston State: MA Zip: 02203 Country: USA Website:,_1876 Creator: Bell, Alexander Graham

The first transmission of intelligible speech over electrical wires took place on 10 March 1876. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell called out to his assistant Thomas Watson, “Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you.” This transmission took place in their attic laboratory located in a near here at 5 Exeter Place. A pioneer in the field of telecommunications, Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He moved to Ontario, and then to the United States, settling in Boston, before beginning his career as an inventor.

Image Credit: Courtesy IEEE Image Caption: The telephone used in the first intelligible transmission over electrical wires. Era_date_from: 1876
Electric Fire Alarm System
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1850-1859 DateCreated: 1852 Boston Fire Department office Boston State: MA Zip: 02115 Country: USA Website:,_1852 Creator: Channing, William, Farmer, Moses

On 28 April 1852 the first municipal electric fire alarm system using call boxes with automatic signaling to indicate the location of a fire was placed into operation in Boston. Invented by William Channing and Moses Farmer, this system was highly successful in reducing property loss and deaths due to fire and was subsequently adopted throughout the United States and in Canada.

Image Credit: Image Caption: Channing's fire-alarm system at Boston's City Hall in 1852 Era_date_from: 1852
Hoosac Tunnel
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Rail Transportation Era: 1850-1859 DateCreated: 1855-1876 North Adams State: MA Zip: 10013 Country: USA Website: Creator: Shanley, Walter and Francis

When first proposed in 1819, the Hoosac Tunnel seemed so logical. It would provide an efficient and direct route for the Boston and Albany Railroad, whose pathway meandered 20 miles along precipitous grades. Early proponents, however, could not have imagined that blasting a 4.75 mile tunnel through the Hoosac Mountain would require over 20 years of labor. The project took so long to complete that it was commonly referred to as "The Great Bore." 

Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Acela2038 Image Caption: The 4.75 mile Hoosac tunnel, which was bored through the Hoosac Mountain, required over 20 years of labor. Era_date_from: 1855
Granite Railway
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Rail Transportation Era: 1800-1829 DateCreated: 1826 Quincy and Milton State: MA Zip: 02169 Country: USA Website: Creator: Bryant, Gridley

The Granite Railway Company of Quincy was the first commercial railway in the United States. Incorporated in 1826 and designed by Gridley Bryant, the railway relied on horses, rather than steam locomotives, to draw the cars along the tracks. Its primary purpose was to transport granite from Quincy to build the Bunker Hill Monument. 

Image Credit: Courtesy Library of Congress Image Caption: The Granite Railway Company of Quincy was the first commercial railway in the United States. Era_date_from: 1826
Watertown Arsenal
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Civil Engineering Profession Era: 1850-1859 DateCreated: 1859 Talcott Avenue Watertown State: MA Zip: 02472 Country: USA Website: Creator: Parris, Alexander

The Watertown Arsenal was the first major engineering testing laboratory in America. It was created to store and manufacture cutting-edge military technology and weaponry. The United States Army Research and Materials Laboratory continued to use the site until 1989, employing soldiers and civilians to produce and test artillery.

Image Credit: public domain Image Caption: Watertown Arsenal Era_date_from: 1859
Borden Base Line
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Boundaries & Surveys Era: 1830-1839 DateCreated: 1831 South Deerfield State: MA Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: Paine, Robert Treat , Borden, Simeon

The Borden Base Line is a 39,009.73 feet (7.42 miles ) survey line through the State of Massachusetts. The line was the first project of its kind undertaken in America and its establishment was the key element for Massachusetts pioneering mandate to survey the entire state. 

The challenge was to use trigonometrical principles, instead of astronomical observation alone, to provide greater accuracy in surveying large areas.

Image Credit: Public Domain (Copyright Exp.) Image Caption: An 1871 map of Massachusetts highlighting the Borden Base Line Era_date_from: 1831
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