July Picture of the Month: Corey Hill

By: 
Lorenz Finison

The Boston Bicycle Club (B.Bi.C.), was first in the nation and first in many recreational and racing events. One popular type was the hill climb, and especially Brookline’s Corey Hill Climb. We are working on a historical review of this exciting time in Boston's cycling history, and also a club ride that climbs Corey Hill for the hardy riders. That ride will of course await the lifting of the club's ride suspension, but for the moment we can show you what 133 years does to the landscape. The top photo is the intersection of Beacon Street and Summit Avenue in 1887 and comes to us from the Brookline Historical Society. Below you can see what the same intersection looks like today. Summit Avenue on the right leads to the top of Corey Hill. The climb is more daunting than it looks.

 

The same view in April 2020. Google "Street View." Larger image.