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Malden At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Malden in Middlesex County, Massachusetts has a population of 60,000 residents. Less than 6 miles north of Boston, town's residents were historically active in the National Women's Suffrage Association, founded in Malden, and the U.S. Revolutionary War. In 2009, Malden was named the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" by "Bloomberg Businessweek."

Brief History

Originally land of the Pennacook tribe, the area of Malden is wooded and hilly and lies north of the Mystic River. Puritans purchased the land in 1629 from the tribe and settled there. Known by different names, Malden incorporated as a separate town in 1649. The town was named after Maldon in England. Parts of Malden have since become separate cities of Melrose and Everett. Malden's population opposed the British during the U.S. Revolution and was active in the tea party resistance against the British-imposed Revenue Act of 1766. Malden was the first town to ask to be withdrawn from British rule. The National Women's Suffrage Association was founded in Malden by Harriet Hanson Robinson. Malden was once home to the Converse Rubber Factory and Converse sneakers. Since 1889, Malden and Medford high schools have played yearly football games against each other, taking game rivalry to a new level.

Town Makeup

Malden has thriving neighborhoods built around town squares so common in New England. Demographics show that the town is made up of a mix of ethnicities with 52% white, 15% African American and 20% Asian with Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and others also part of the town. In 2013, Malden High School was named the most diverse public high school in Massachusetts by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Fun Times

Malden has plenty of family-friendly entertainment, such as tennis and basketball courts, ball fields and playgrounds as part of its many parks. There is a large swimming pool, Fellsmere Pond and MacDonald Stadium, which contains a running track. The in-progress, car-free bicycle and pedestrian trail from Malden/Everett to beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant is becoming a reality. Currently, the Revere section of the trail is being built with the Lynn and Nahant sections to come.

Notable Places

  • A must-see building is the Converse Building that is part of Malden's public library. Built in 1885 and designed by noted architect Henry Hobbs Richardson, the main library collection once contained in the Converse Building is today housed in a 1996 addition.
  • A building that once was Malden High School was built around 1900 with an Art Deco-style wing completed in 1939. The Jenkins Auditorium was recently renovated with 900 seats.
  • The colonial-style Old Parsonage or Judson House is the oldest building in Malden. Across from Bell Rock Memorial Park, Old Parsonage was home for 186 years to Malden's ministers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather Joseph Emerson. During the U.S. Civil War, the home was a stop on the underground railroad and provided safe, yet secret, passage to African-American slaves.

Getting Around

Connect to Boston on the Orange Line. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a commuter rail with one stop at Malden Center and Oak Grove, along with bus service to nearby areas. Drivers can take Routes 28, 60, 99 and U.S. 1 with Route 16 and Interstate 93 close by.

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