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    Charles River Basin

    The completion of the Charles River Dam Bridge on June 30, 1910, created the Charles River Basin and gave Boston the waterway that is now integral to our urban experience. What had been a tidal estuary at the end of the 80-mile river now shelters rowing and yacht clubs, one of the world’s largest public sailing programs, and the barge from which Boston’s iconic Fourth of July fireworks are launched. — Lane Turner