Telegraph Hill (Hull, Massachusetts)

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Not to be confused with Telegraph Hill in Dorchester Heights.
Telegraph Hill
Tower on Telegraph Hill, Hull MA.jpg
1903 tower on Telegraph Hill
Telegraph Hill (Hull, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Telegraph Hill (Hull, Massachusetts)
Telegraph Hill (Hull, Massachusetts) is located in the US
Telegraph Hill (Hull, Massachusetts)
Location Hull, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°18′15.6″N 70°54′15.8″W / 42.304333°N 70.904389°W / 42.304333; -70.904389Coordinates: 42°18′15.6″N 70°54′15.8″W / 42.304333°N 70.904389°W / 42.304333; -70.904389
Built 1776
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Added to NRHP July 12, 1976

Telegraph Hill is a historic site in Hull, Massachusetts. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It is now part of Fort Revere Park.


The site was first used as a fort in 1776 to defend the port of Boston. The first telegraph tower was built in 1827. Several other telegraph stations later occupied the site until 1938, when radio communications made the site obsolete.

In 1903, United States Government built a 120 foot high, 25 foot diameter reinforced concrete tower to contain a 20-foot diameter, 118,000-gallon steel water storage tank to serve Fort Revere. Erected by the Hennebique Construction Company,[2] the tower was one of the earliest concrete water towers in the United States, and likely the first in New England. It also had a secondary benefit as an observation tower for the Army.[3] The tower was restored in 1975 was designated an American Water Landmark in 2003. It was periodically open to the public until mid-2012 when it was closed due to safety concerns.[4]

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