What goes into caring for the 2,800 gas lights in the City of Boston

TRENDING:       Pats-Ravens takeaways       ‘Chopped’ chef       ‘Monster galaxy’       Can’t-miss concerts       Stillwater review At first glance, the lampposts appear to be just another picturesque feature scattered through the historic streets of Beacon Hill. But if you stare for a moment at the light in the lanterns — which are on day and night — you’ll see the flicker of a flame contained in the glass and catch a glimpse of how the city’s streets glowed in days past. There are 2,800 gas lights in the City of Boston. Beacon Hill has most of them, with well over a thousand of the lampposts topped with the burning flames on its own. But the historic street lights can also be found in Charlestown, Bay Village, as well as sprinkled in some areas of Roxbury and Dorchester. Mostly people don’t realize that the lamps are gas-lit, Dan Webb, an inspector with the city’s Street Lighting Division, said. “That’s what happens,” he said. “Once people look up and realize the flame is lit, they’re like, ‘I never knew those were gas.’” Webb, who has been with the city for 14 years, heads up the crew responsible for maintaining the far-spread gas lights. It’s a...

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