No…I’m not referring to the skateboard company based in Venice, California. If I were writing this post twenty five years ago, it might have been about that. This Dogtown is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Roger Babson (founder of Babson College) was interested in the history of an abandoned settlement in Gloucester known as Dogtown. To provide charitable assistance to unemployed stonecutters in Gloucester during the Great Depression, Babson commissioned them to carve inspirational inscriptions on approximately two dozen boulders in the area surrounding Dogtown Common. The Babson Boulder Trail exists today as a well-known hiking and mountain-biking trail. The inscriptions are clearly visible. The boulders are scattered, not all are on the trail, and not all of the inscriptions face it, making finding them something of a challenge. Samples of some of the two dozen inscriptions include: “HELP MOTHER”, “SPIRITUAL POWER”, “GET A JOB”, “KEEP OUT OF DEBT”, and “LOYALTY”.
An exhibition of photographs of these boulders by Bill Franson are on display in the private room at Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA from January 11 – February 25, 2013.