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Malden’s Business History

Malden, a hilly woodland area north of the Mystic River, was settled by Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pennacook tribe. The area was originally called the "Mistick Side" and was a part of Charlestown. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649. The name Malden was selected by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, and was named after Maldon, England. At the time of the American Revolution, the population was at about 1,000 people, and the citizens were involved early in resisting the oppression of Britain: they boycotted the consumption of tea in 1770 to protest the Revenue Act of 1766, and it was also the first town to petition the colonial government to withdraw from the British Empire. 

The city originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870), along which, the Malden River flows into the Charles River and Boston Harbor. The river had remained underdeveloped until roughly 1845 when the construction of the Boston and Maine Railroad sparked industrial development along the river. The Malden River industries that settled along the river became instrumental in supporting nearly every war effort that the United States engaged in at that time. Rubber boots and bullets made along the Malden River were manufactured in the thousands for the military. Additional industries along the river included tanneries, chemical manufacturers, metal refineries, and textile manufacturers. Over the course of the industrial era along the river, the river was dredged, straightened, and filled three times in order to facilitate transport of barges.

Today, Malden is home to many well known industries such as New England Tea and Coffee Company, Sunsetter Awning Company, Piantedosi Baking Company, and Action Jackson Industries among others.  With its ease to Boston via multiple highways or close proximity to Logan Airport, Malden is a great place to make your history too!