Yesterday morning when I walked out of Park Street station a woman handed me a flyer about a demonstration and hearing about raw milk. I flipped it over and skimmed the flyer. Typically these flyers mean nothing to me since they are often regarding some weird causes, very religious with a focus on the end of the world, or for things occuring while I am at work. Well, hold the phone! There is going to be a dairy cow on the common from 9am-2pm. Holy hell I need to see the cow! So I planned on going during my lunch to see this magical cow.
They sang ‘ Oh Susanna’ to the cow
And it was soo cool that there was cow on the Common. When Boston settled in 1625 it was a very different place than what it is looks like today. Boston was settled on Shawmut peninsula, a much smaller area than what is existing today (Boston filled in several areas to create more land, including the Back Bay neighborhood). William Blaxton was the first settler to the area, so in 1634 the other settlers in the ares purchased the land for Boston Common from him. The 44 acres parcel was purchased for 30 pounds by the community, each homeowner paid 6 shillings, from Blaxton. Originally it was known as “Common Land” because of it’s joint purchase and use for livestock grazing. Overtime the use for the land changed as the city changed; for example it was a Revolutionary War camp during the revolution. Glazing officially ended in 1830 when the land began to change its role into a park.
I really think they need to bring the cows and other live stock back occasionally. It def makes the Common so much cooler.
PS-The organization that brought the cow was Organic Consumers.