Streets of Cambridge

Cambridge highways in 1700. Lewis M. Hastings researched and drew this map, which was published in 1919. Collection of the Cambridge Engineering Department.

In 2012 transcriptions of the histories of Cambridge streets, some dating back to the 18th century, were discovered in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet at the City Engineering Department. The histories had been compiled by Lewis M. Hastings, the legendary City Engineer, who served from 1889 to 1932. Learn more about Hastings in this biographical sketch by Michael Kenney of the Cambridge Historical Commission. 
The Streets of Cambridge: An Engineer's Passion. by Michael Kenney. (2018)

Engineering staff, City of Cambridge, 1896. Collection of the Engineering Department.

Additionally, a print version of The Streets of Cambridge: Street-by-Street...Their histories, their dimensions, and their stories as found in the Cambridge Engineering Department documents and as told by their developers, edited by Michael Kenney of Cambridge Historical Commission (2017), though temporarily out of stock, is available for viewing at the Commission office.