In this first month of 2022, we are taking a trip down another important “1” in Peabody’s history, Route 1. Newburyport Turnpike, or Route 1, was created in 1804 as the Boston & Newburyport Turnpike. Initially a toll road, it became a state highway in 1890.
After World War II, Route 1 was transformed from two lanes to a six lane highway and rededicated as the Blue Star Memorial Highway.
Today, let’s remember Route 1 in all its kitschy glory. This is hardly an exhaustive list of Route 1 businesses. Let us know what we missed and which were your favorites!
John Wells, The Peabody Story, Essex Institute, 1972, page 176.
Ann L. Millet, “Route 1…The Road that Connects” The Salem News, April 24, 1976.
“A Shell Game with Mr. Peanut” North Shore Sunday, July 27, 1986.
Phil Primack, “Time finds Peabody’s Mr. Peanut a tough nut to crack”, The Boston Herald, June 24, 1987.