Pictures and other materials about Spy Pond, Massachusetts.
Strange name of Spy Pond in Arlington, MA to my knowledge was
not explained by anybody. There is no legend about spies living
or operating here. Not during events of New England Revolution
neither later. It was known as Spie Pond before XXth century.
My theory I strongly inclined to relay on explains the name origin
in following way.
The pond is surrounding by small heights as all kettle ponds.
It suppresses wind even more at quit weather conditions. There
are few if any waves then. The surface reflects like a mirror.
America is immigrants country with multilanguage backgrounds.
Many of them was from Germany or Netherlands. The word mirror
is Spiegel in German. Spie
gel have strong
resemblance. Somebody could just misheard exited German who call
the pond – Spiegel. But word Spie by itself means nothing. So
why not rename Spie to Spy that sounds practically the same?!
|Summer time at Spy Pond.|
Summer time at Spy Pond is hot. There is no swimmingallowed here that is a little strange that pond was used for industrial ice production century ago.
Although density of population near by is rather modest
quality of water is less than perfect. Decade ago officials did special chemistry treatment against algae and successful water is better not to swallow. Rare people and any dog do swimming here butas a rule it is the place for picnic and sunbathing.|
|Sunset time at Spy Pond.|
Because park of Spy Pond, Arlington Massachusetts located at
its east side downing sun has unobstructed view. That makes sunsets here diverse and often spectacular depend on weather conditions.|
|Spy Pond at evening.|
At evening hours low sitting sun creates spectacular highlight of park side of Spy Pond.|
|Why origin of Spy Pond name is Mirror.|
In quiet weather Spy Pond behave like almost perfect mirror. Mirror in German based languages is Spiegel.
At first Spy Pond had name Spie Pond -short of Spiegel. Pictures proves that this hypothesis has all merit to be true.|