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Boston Common Coastline


Boston Common, often referred to as the Common or Boston Commons, stands as one of the oldest public parks in the United States. Initially established in 1634 as a communal grazing ground, it later served various purposes, including military drills and public gatherings. Over time, it evolved into a central hub for Boston’s civic and social activities, hosting events ranging from political rallies to tourist attractions.

Background / History

  • Early Years: Initially serving as grazing land, ownership passed from the first European settler, William Blaxton, to the Puritan founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Revolutionary Era: Used as a camp by British infantry before the Battles of "Lexington" iconLexington and "Concord" iconConcord, marking the onset of the Revolutionary War.
  • Transformation: By the early 19th century, the Common transitioned into a public park, with additions like ornamental iron fences and the neighboring Boston Public Garden.
  • Modern Era: Witnessed changes such as the integration of technology with the installation of a Protectron tour bot and the construction of Park Street station.


Notable Features:

  • "Swan’s Pond" iconSwan’s Pond: Iconic swan boats and a statue adorn this area, though over time, its size diminished due to land sales and development.
  • Freedom Trail: Commencing at the Common, this historic route guides visitors through significant landmarks of Boston’s past.
  • "Vault 114" iconVault 114: Initially intended as an elite shelter, it later became a hideout for criminal factions like Skinny Malone’s Triggermen.


  • Gazebo and Bandstand: Central features include a gazebo with a bandstand and a fountain marking the beginning of the Freedom Trail.
  • Surrounding Structures: "Massachusetts State House" iconMassachusetts State House, "Boylston Club" iconBoylston Club, and Prost bar are notable nearby landmarks.
  • Transport Links: Park Street station, serving as both a subway stop and a pre-excavated site for Vault 114 construction.

Notable Loot

  • Torn Letter: Found on Mikail’s body near the southeast entrance of the park.
  • Grognak the Barbarian: Issue #6 located in the gazebo, amidst radiation barrels and skeletal remains.
  • Raider’s Advice: Another item of interest, also located in the gazebo area.

Related Quests


  • Enemy Behavior: Hostile entities are scripted to retreat upon nearing the Common, adding to its reputation as a perilous locale.
  • Companion Reactions: Companions provide commentary upon arrival, adding depth to the immersive experience.

Interactive Map Locations

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1. Commonwealth World Map

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