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Bedford, Massachusetts

First settled in 1640, the town of Bedford was incorporated in 1729 with land from the neighboring towns of Concord and Billerica. Bedford comprises a roughly circular area of almost 14 square miles on the Concord River, approximately 15 miles northwest of Boston. Bedford is a relatively small town of about 13,000 residents, and is one of several Massachusetts towns which still practices the open town meeting form of government. Bedford retains much of its rural colonial character; historic sites include a town common and meeting house, as well as centuries-old farms and homes. Bedford's Minutemen gathered at Fitch Tavern in the town center before marching to Concord on April 19, 1775 - carrying with them what is thought to be the oldest intact battle flag in the U.S.

In 1630, English settlers John Winthrop and Thomas Dudley of the Massachusetts Bay Company arrived in Massachusetts Bay colony. In 1637, John Winthrop, now the first governor of Massachusetts, and his deputy governor Thomas Dudley received a grant of land from the Massachusetts General Court. The two men elected to divide the land, some 2,200 acres along the Concord River, the following year. Using a pair of large boulders on the riverbank as a landmark, the property south of this marker was deeded to Governor Winthrop, and the section to the north to Deputy Governor Dudley. As the two men were later related by marriage, the boulders came to be known as "Brothers Rocks." The rocks still stand today as part of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Through the 18th and into the 19th centuries, Bedford's industry was largely agricultural, including dairy farming and apple orchards. The Shawsheen River and Vine Brook provided power for several mills, including a paper mill established in 1840 which employed many of the town's residents. The John Wilson Corne Mill served variously as a grist mill, saw mill, and cider mill. A shoe factory operated in the early years of the 19th century. Railroad service provided convenient access to Boston and Lexington until 1977; the old railbed has been converted for use as a bikepath.

The town of Bedford's rich Revolutionary and Civil War histories are extended into the 20th and 21st centuries through its defense-related businesses and employers, including Hanscom Air Force Base, Raytheon Company, and a Veterans Administration Hospital. Bedford has also hosted related industries such as electronics engineering and optical and scientific equipment manufacturing. These industries have asbestos risks associated with both facilities construction and manufacturing processes. Employees who worked in these industries may be at risk to develop asbestos disease.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Bedford

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Bedford where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • American Optical Company
  • Bedford Air Force Base
  • Cambridge Research & Development Laboratory
  • Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Hanscom Field
  • Itek
  • L G Hanscom A.F. Base
  • Middlesex Trnpke
  • Mitre Corporation
  • Raytheon
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • U.S. Veterans Administration Facility
  • Veterans Administration Hospital

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Bedford, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Bedford, Massachusetts. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 14.2 miles


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 14.2 miles


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 13.7 miles


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 13.7 miles


The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Distance: 46.1 miles


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Barbara E. Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 97.6 miles


Thoracic (Lung) Oncology Center
100 Campus Drive
Suite 102
Scarborough, ME 04074

Distance: 88.1 miles


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 88.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Bedford, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Bedford, Massachusetts. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. David J. Kwiatkowski
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 13.7 miles

Dr. Pasi A. Janne
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 13.7 miles

Dr. Scott Swanson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 14.2 miles

Dr. Raphael Bueno
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 14.2 miles

Dr. Richard L. Kradin
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street, WRN 2
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 14.2 miles

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Distance: 43.6 miles

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Distance: 48.1 miles

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 51.5 miles

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 51.5 miles

Dr. Tracey L. Weigel
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Division Director of Thoracic Surgery
818 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Distance: 94.2 miles

Dr. Michael R. Grey
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Distance: 96.5 miles

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 97.6 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Bedford, Massachusetts

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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