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The rise and fall of a mountain of snowy misery

Huge pile of snow continues to melt at Tide St snow farm
As the snow pile melts through the spring into summer, city workers clean up what remains from the harsh winter at Tide Street snow farm.

Globe photographers captured images of the Tide Street snow pile, which officially melted this week, from its first days as a picturesque field of snow to its last days as a pile of icky trash.

Now that we’re safely basking in the heat of July, take a look back at the rise and fall of the mountain of misery, the pile of pain, a phenomenon nobody wants to see again for a good long while.

The pile seemed manageable on Jan. 28, the day after the winter’s first massive storm, when snow was still something novel after a nearly snowless December and most of January.
The pile seemed manageable on Jan. 28, the day after the winter’s first massive storm, when snow was still something novel after a nearly snowless December and most of January.(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Little did city workers know on Jan. 28 that the onslaught of snow would go on and on.
Little did city workers know on Jan. 28 that the onslaught of snow would go on and on.(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
Dump trucks moved the snow from the streets to the “snow farm.”
Dump trucks moved the snow from the streets to the “snow farm.”(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
By Feb. 10, with more storms arriving, the pile grew larger. Workers did not know they were building a mountain.
By Feb. 10, with more storms arriving, the pile grew larger. Workers did not know they were building a mountain.(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
The winter would eventually break records in terms of snow — and create misery among residents.
The winter would eventually break records in terms of snow — and create misery among residents. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
By Feb. 19, the mountain, shown with 666 Summer St. in the background, was several stories high.
By Feb. 19, the mountain, shown with 666 Summer St. in the background, was several stories high. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Even as spring hit and temperatures soared around Boston, the stubborn snow pile refused to budge. The pile persisted into summer, though by July 8, it was looking more like a pile of trash.
Even as spring hit and temperatures soared around Boston, the stubborn snow pile refused to budge. The pile persisted into summer, though by July 8, it was looking more like a pile of trash.(Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
In place of magical fluff, junk emerged that had been swept up by the plows making their rounds.
In place of magical fluff, junk emerged that had been swept up by the plows making their rounds.(Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
The trash told stories of the frustrations of a punishing winter. Did some frustrated shoveler cast off this tool?
The trash told stories of the frustrations of a punishing winter. Did some frustrated shoveler cast off this tool?(Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
Finally, on July 14, the pile, which had made headlines nationally, melted.
Finally, on July 14, the pile, which had made headlines nationally, melted.(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Goodbye and good riddance! The pile was officially declared defunct 168 days, or 27 weeks after the Jan. 27 Blizzard of 2015, which kicked off a season to remember — or to forget.
Goodbye and good riddance! The pile was officially declared defunct 168 days, or 27 weeks after the Jan. 27 Blizzard of 2015, which kicked off a season to remember — or to forget.(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)