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    The rise and fall of a mountain of snowy misery

    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.

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    BOSTON, MA - 1/28/2015: Snow farm for city of Boston in South Boston CLEAN UP of BLIZZARD 2015 (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC aerial
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    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.

    1/28/2015 - Boston, MA - This is a "Snow Farm," on Tide Street in South Boston where snow that has been removed from Boston roadways and sidewalks gets dumped. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, cq, explained that crews were removing large snow piles and dumping it in snow farms such as this one. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.
    Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
    Little did city workers know on Jan. 28 that the onslaught of snow would go on and on.

    1/28/2015 - Boston, MA - Dump trucks carrying snow that has been removed from Boston roadways and sidewalks dump their payloads in a lot on Tide Street in South Boston called a "Snow Farm" by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, cq. Walsh explained that crews were removing large snow piles and dumping it in snow farms such as this one. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.
    Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
    Dump trucks moved the snow from the streets to the “snow farm.”

    BOSTON, MA : THE PAST......2/10/2015: Boston's snow farm keeps getting bigger seen here by the Seaport District in South Boston. With more snow present hitting close to records, Boston area just deal with it..... (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand aone
    Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
    By Feb. 10, with more storms arriving, the pile grew larger. Workers did not know they were building a mountain.
    BOSTON, MA - 2/10/2015: Boston's snow farm keeps getting bigger seen here by the Seaport District in South Boston. With more snow present hitting close to records, Boston area just deal with it..... (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand aone
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    The winter would eventually break records in terms of snow — and create misery among residents.

    BOSTON, MA : Boston's massive snow pile has officially melted here seen at the Seaport District..A view of the pile on 2/19/2015:The ever growning snowfarm seen from Boston Harbor gets to be climbing slowly to the height of 666 Summer Street. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 15snowpilepic
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    By Feb. 19, the mountain, shown with 666 Summer St. in the background, was several stories high.

    Boston, Massachusetts - 7/8/2015 - Garbage sits on top of the ice pile that remains of snow that was piled up from the city's winter snow storms in Boston, Massachusetts, July 8, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
    Keith Bedford/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.
    Boston, Massachusetts - 7/8/2015 - A shoe sits in the garbage that rests on top of the melting ice pile that remains of snow that was piled up from the city's winter snow storms in Boston, Massachusetts, July 8, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    In place of magical fluff, junk emerged that had been swept up by the plows making their rounds.
    Boston, Massachusetts - 7/8/2015 - A shovel handle sits in the garbage that rests on top of the melting ice pile that remains of snow that was piled up from the city's winter snow storms in Boston, Massachusetts, July 8, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    The trash told stories of the frustrations of a punishing winter. Did some frustrated shoveler cast off this tool?
    BOSTON, MA - 7/14/2015: Boston's massive snow pile has officially melted here seen at the Seaport District. , (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 15snowpilepic
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    Finally, on July 14, the pile, which had made headlines nationally, melted.
    BOSTON, MA - 7/14/2015: Boston's massive snow pile has officially melted here seen at the Seaport District. , (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 15snowpilepic
    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.