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YOUR TURN: Malden's Rich History

What's your favorite historical trivia about Malden?

Did you know that Waitt's Mount was once a lookout during the Revolutionary War, and had anti-aircraft battery during World War 2? Or that, before railroad, settlers used to travel over an hour to reach downtown Boston? 

Malden is full of interesting history, and we wanted to hear from you: what's an interesting historical tidbit you've heard passed down about our fair city you can share with other readers? 

Heard something, but aren't sure if it's true? Let us know in the comments, and we'll look into it. 

J.longbow September 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Norm Greenbaum, "spirit in the sky". Hey Mokal sing us a verse
david mokal September 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
LOL I know it by heart He's now in California and we cant forget Preacher Jack still going strong. He was from Maplewood I remeber the lines at the Shipwreck Lounge Revere Beach huge lines outside just to see the preacher. Still great too. Ames Brothers and also Extreme and there's more!
John McNeil September 30, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I was told years ago by a woman working in the then "research room at the MPL that Gardner lived in the Maplewood section of Malden, and frequently rode the old MBTA. In route back and forth home he would pass Dell St. next to Roosevelt Park (Dell Park to us locals back then), and later used the name for his female asssitant Della Street.
coldwaterdiver September 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Theres a few haunted houses in Malden, I used to live in one on Glenwood Street. Compiling a few of those stories would be good for halloween.
coldwaterdiver September 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Father Powers is the reason theres a fence around Holy Cross Cemetery. His grave marker is flat with a chalice carved in it, the water that collects in it is said to have healing powers. People still visit an pray to him, although his grave also has a fence around it.

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