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The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route incorporating sixteen sites of national historic significance. It is marked by a red painted line on the streets and sidewalks of Boston that originates at a visitors center in the Boston Common and terminates at the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown. Conceptualized by Bill Schofield in 1951 as a means for bringing attention to the significant role Boston played in the American Revolution, the early success of the trail helped provide means for the preservation and renovation of several deteriorating landmarks. The iconic red painted line (in some places replaced by embedded brick) that helps guide visitors between sites wasn't added until 1958 and on October 1, 1974 several of the sites across 43 acres were designated part of the Boston National Historic Park by the National Park Service. Present day visitors may walk the Freedom Trail at their leisure or participate in daily tours guided by historical figures reenactors. Self paced audio tours are also available using devices rented from the visitor's center or with an mp3 downloaded to your own mp3 player.

Although there's plenty of history in between, the following official sites make up the Freedom Trail...

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