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Trivia - Geography

  1. What is the steepest street in Worcester?
  2. What was the original name for Summer Street?
  3. Boynton Street honors the founder of an educational institution. Which institution?
  4. Isaiah Thomas laid out a route to Boston close to the present Route 9. What was in the way?
  5. For what famous orator is Webster Street named?
  6. What is the distance from Worcester to Hartford, Connecticut: 60 miles, 90 miles or 120 miles?
  7. What do Mohawk, Pakachoag and Monadnock Streets have in common?
  8. What Worcester street was named after a novel by Henry Ward Beecher?
  9. Does the Blackstone River flow in the city of Worcester?
  10. Where did Robert Goddard launch the first liquid fuel rocket?
  11. What is another name for Pakachoag Hill?
  12. For what is Worcester named?
  13. What section of the city was formerly called Barbers Crossing?
  14. Name the three streets and one avenue which border Elm Park.
  15. Where in Worcester did the Worcester Cricket Club hold its games?
  16. Where was the Hessian Prison located in 1777-1778?
  17. In 1873 the city built the first three fire barns. Name one of the three streets on which they were built.
  18. What "village" in the city has been primarily a Swedish neighborhood for decades?
  19. Until the mid-to-late 1800s, Lake Quinsigamond was known as ________ Pond.
  20. What is the name of the brook that runs under Lincoln Square?
  21. Where was Ralph's Diner first located?
  22. What is the distance from Worcester to New York City: 175 miles, 256 miles, or 490 miles?
  23. What ethnic group is associated with Oak Hill and Wade Street?
  24. The lowest number on each street is nearest to what centrally located building or street?
  25. Name two of five streets that begin or end at, but do not cross Kelly Square.
  26. What area of Worcester was once owned by John Hancock?
  27. What is the name of Route 20 within the Worcester city limits?
  28. How did Stafford Street get its name?
  29. What Worcester building was often rented for Providence Street residents' weddings in the early 1900s?
  30. What Worcester street was known as "The Speedway" because people raced their buggies there?
  31. Name the seven hills of Worcester.

Answers:

  1. What is the steepest street in Worcester?

    George Street.

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  2. What was the original name for Summer Street?

    Back Street, because it was a pathway in back of Main Street.

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  3. Boynton Street honors the founder of an educational institution. Which institution?

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (John Boynton).

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  4. Isaiah Thomas laid out a route to Boston close to the present Route 9. What was in the way?

    Lake Quinsigamond.

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  5. For what famous orator is Webster Street named?

    Daniel Webster.

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  6. What is the distance from Worcester to Hartford, Connecticut: 60 miles, 90 miles or 120 miles?

    Sixty miles.

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  7. What do Mohawk, Pakachoag and Monadnock Streets have in common?

    All are Indian names.

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  8. What Worcester street was named after a novel by Henry Ward Beecher?

    Norwood Street (The novel was Norwood or Village Life in New England).

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  9. Does the Blackstone River flow in the city of Worcester?

    Yes, merger of Mill Brook and Middle River near Greenwood and Ballard Street intersection.

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  10. Where did Robert Goddard launch the first liquid fuel rocket?

    Pakachoag Hill in Auburn.

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  11. What is another name for Pakachoag Hill?

    Mount Saint James or College Hill.

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  12. For what is Worcester named?

    Worcester, England, and the battle fought there.

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  13. What section of the city was formerly called Barbers Crossing?

    Greendale.

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  14. Name the three streets and one avenue which border Elm Park.

    Russell, Highland and Elm Streets and Park Avenue.

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  15. Where in Worcester did the Worcester Cricket Club hold its games?

    Sutton Road, South Worcester.

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  16. Where was the Hessian Prison located in 1777-1778?

    Opposite Chestnut Street on the south side of Pleasant Street.

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  17. In 1873 the city built the first three fire barns. Name one of the three streets on which they were built.

    John Street, Lamartime Street and Pleasant Street.

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  18. What "village" in the city has been primarily a Swedish neighborhood for decades?

    Quinsigamond Village.

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  19. Until the mid-to-late 1800s, Lake Quinsigamond was known as ________ Pond.

    Long.

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  20. What is the name of the brook that runs under Lincoln Square?

    Mill Brook.

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  21. Where was Ralph's Diner first located?

    Chadwick Square.

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  22. What is the distance from Worcester to New York City: 175 miles, 256 miles, or 490 miles?

    175 miles.

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  23. What ethnic group is associated with Oak Hill and Wade Street?

    Syrian.

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  24. The lowest number on each street is nearest to what centrally located building or street?

    Main Street or City Hall.

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  25. Name two of five streets that begin or end at, but do not cross Kelly Square.

    Madison, Millbury, Water, Vernon or Green Streets.

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  26. What area of Worcester was once owned by John Hancock?

    Hancock Hill.

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  27. What is the name of Route 20 within the Worcester city limits?

    The Southwest Cutoff.

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  28. How did Stafford Street get its name?

    Named for Stafford, CT, an important stop on the stage coach route that followed Stafford Street.

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  29. What Worcester building was often rented for Providence Street residents' weddings in the early 1900s?

    Horticultural Hall, present home of the Worcester Historical Museum.

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  30. What Worcester street was known as "The Speedway" because people raced their buggies there?

    Mill Street.

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  31. Name the seven hills of Worcester.

    Hancock, Bancroft, Newton, Green, Chandler, Union or Sagatabscot and Mt. St. James or College Hill.

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