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Charles Eliot Bridge, Blue Hills Reservation
postcard of the Charles Eliot Bridge

The Blue Hills Reservation was laid out in 1892 by landscape architect Charles Eliot (1859-1897) whose career was cut short by spinal meningitis at age 37. The bridge was built in 1904 as a memorial to Eliot who reconfigured the boundaries of the original Ponkapoag Plantation to include the thirteen peaks currently in the Blue Hills. The Reservation, which is the oldest metropolitan park in the United States, is often used as a model for open land use planning worldwide.