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Revere Beach

August 23, 1972: Revere Beach was a destination spot for many beachgoers and amusement park aficionados. Here, Mr. Peter Sousi and Mr. Michael Federico, both of Roslindale, were visiting for a stroll on the beach.

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August 23, 1972: Revere Beach was a destination spot for many beachgoers and amusement park aficionados. Here, Mr. Peter Sousi and Mr. Michael Federico, both of Roslindale, were visiting for a stroll on the beach.

Revere Beach was established as the country’s first public beach in 1896. From the beginning, the beach has been easily accessible. People would come from all over New England to visit this beloved attraction. Horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, automobiles and a train that first existed on Revere Beach Boulevard (later moved to where the MBTA runs now) were modes of transportation.

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Not only the ocean attracted many to Revere Beach. The amusement park, ballrooms, hotels and restaurants drew crowds to the “Coney Island of New England.” The roller coaster was one of the biggest and most extreme in the US. The beach is still a favorite to many, but has changed from its heyday. High-rise condos replaced the amusements, though there is still plenty of sun and sand to relish.

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