Blizzard of ’78: View From Centre Street

A Jamaica Plain Patch reader submitted a photo he took during the historic Blizzard of ’78 in JP.

Friday’s predicted major snowstorm is befitting for this week. Thirty-five years ago was the historic Blizzard of ’78.

Many Boston residents remember vividly the ferocious storm which dumped 27 inches of snow in Boston during a 32-hour span Feb. 6 and 7, 1978.

Jamaica Plain Patch reader and resident Mark Hoffman snapped a photo of Centre Street that day, while standing on top of a pile of snow in from of Same Old Place restaurant.

Hoffman recalls (via email): 

"It was such a remarkable first week after the Blizzard, with private
citizens prohibited from driving in much of Eastern Massachusetts, and
the T not running. At the time of the Blizzard of '78, the Arborway Green Line trolley was in its last few years of running down the middle of Centre Street
in JP - where everyone is walking in the photo."

Do you have photos from the Blizzard of ’78? Add them here.

Rhea Becker February 06, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I wish I had photos. I live on Beacon St. in the Back Bay at the time time. I was a college student and loved how the city shut down. The air smelled as if we were in a forest. It was amazing time of camaraderie among neighbors.


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