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Wonders Of The Woo: Swan Ave – Where People Go To Burn Evidence

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Last week a body was found inside a burned out car on Swan Avenue in Worcester. Although the story was shocking, the location was not. Because if there were one place in Worcester you would expect someone to burn a car with a dead body in it, it’s Swan Avenue. Many Worcesterites have lived their whole lives without driving this 1.5 mile long street, because it’s a terrible dirt road. If it were paved then everyone and their mother would be using it to avoid Webster Square, because it brings you from Mill Street to Worcester’s most pothole ridden road – Wildwood Ave. So let’s explore Swan Ave in today’s Wonders of the Woo, and find out why it’s Worcester’s go to destination for destroying evidence and discarding trash.

The whole area between Goddard Memorial Drive and Mill Street is a huge wooded area. But there’s tons of random homes in there that you’d never know existed. It’s all part of Worcester’s biggest hill – Airport Hill. It starts off down near the old Mill Swan Elementary School:


And ends up here on Wildwood:


The road starts off smoothly


But as you go up it turns into some backwoods country road that will make you say – “this is Worcester?”



Once you get to the Williamsburg projects the road swings to the right and gets very narrow.




This is where you wanna go to drop a body. You’ll see a random gate that would bring you over towards Fourth Street.


This might look like a good place to burn a car or some other evidence, but you still need to go up more until you get to this random little drop off point where Williamsburg’s finest toss their trash and unregistered vehicles:



You can find some real treasures here, such as mattresses, VHS tapes (remember VHS tapes)


Pillows, trash, paint cans




Anything made of wood


And if you’ve ever asked yourself, “What am I supposed to do with my old computer when I get a new one?”, the answer is apparently, toss it on Swan Ave.


Honestly, this torched vehicle is far from the first to be set on fire on Swan Ave. Ask anyone who lives over on one of Passway’s 3-6 knows that fires aren’t exactly a rare occurrence. I’ve gone up and down this street plenty of times before and there’s always a new collection of trash or charcoal Corollas no matter the season.

It’s too bad because the place really is one of Worcester’s hidden gems.



Once you get to the top of the hill there’s a hiking trail that will bring you alongside these big ass cliffs for a couple of miles before dumping you off at Logan Field on Mill Street.


But Swan Road ends up going to the left where it might look nice from time to time



But whenever there’s a pullover spot you will pretty much be guaranteed to find more piles of trash





It was right around here somewhere that the found the dead body in the car last week. Oh yea, and what kind of savage throws out a perfectly good VHS of Varsity Blues?



Probably the same nudnik that won this award back in ought one


Finally it drops you off onto Wildwood Ave with some may argue is actually in worse condition than Swan Ave.



Here’s my question for the city of Worcester – is Swan Ave a real street that we’re supposed to care about, or is it just a place to destroy evidence and get rid of appliances? Inquiring minds want to know. Hey Jumpin’ Joe Petty, get off your ass and have someone pick this shit up!!

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20 Comment(s)
  • Lincoln Street Turtle Rider
    November 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    $7.50 for a roll of 5 yellow bags? yeah, ummmm no.

  • Publius
    November 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Anyone who dumps their trash like this is a pig. The wonders of the Woo.

  • Dat
    November 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    some of the history here


    I am not sure how legit it is.

    • RSoxGuy
      November 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Its been years since Mr Boudillion updated his page but its a great site. Tons of local natural/native/historical pics, histories (that he researches fully before posting) and natural land formations from all over the state.

      Really is a great source of info.

  • TurtleBoySpurts
    November 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Turtleboy knows all about illegal dumping, though he prefers to leave the city limits to do his. I believe he prefers to dump his old televisions and other hazardous waste in the woods of Leicester. Bragged about it right on the very pages of this blog, he did. Maybe the city should check the names on the trash up on Swan, just to be sure.

    • Wabbitt
      November 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Might want to collect your computer before the cops find all your child porn. Though maybe you can share a cell with your buddy Deb’s boys.

  • Hob Nob
    November 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Woah! Wildwood is so desolate that the snow hasn’t melted yet!

  • RSoxGuy
    November 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    So tahts where my varsity Blues VHS ended up. Damn it! I was looking for that all night last night. Thanks TB! Where would we be without you!

    • RSoxGuy
      November 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Whipped cream bikini for the win!

  • Sonya Conners' Tiny Penis/Large Clitoris
    November 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    This is what drives me nuts most about Worcester. City Hall has a “live free or die” attitude when it comes to private roads falling to shit, decrepit homes, code violations, overgrown lots, and generally uglyass pieces of real estate. Look, if Jumpin’ Joe and Big Ed want to keep purporting that they’re helping the most disadvantaged in this city, then clean the fucking place up, work harder and faster on City Square, and find capable developers to reuse perfectly good slices of real estate. Hell, I’ll do it myself– just reroute those funds from Mosaic and I’ll make this a decent place to live where everyone will be so content that they won’t have to use taxpayer dollars to figure out whose feelings are hurt.
    Too bad that will never happen because liberals are perfectly content living in their own turds if it means there won’t be an ounce of that evil gentrification.
    God forbid middle class people move into this city and start taking care of their property.

  • KC
    November 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This is so incredibly sad. I lived on Swan Ave, and the city refused to take care of any of it. The neighbors were going to try to go in together to fix the road, as a HUGE sink hole developed right after the nursing home and swallowed a few car axles. Alas, it would have cost an insane amount of money for the residents, so no fixing. There are families and children living on that street. It’s such a shame…

  • Dm
    November 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    What is with all of these wooded and semi wooded areas around Worcester with piles and piles of garbage? I could be wrong, but I honestly believe the reason for this might have to do with the city really restrictive recycling program. You’re not allowed to throw away certain objects in the trash unless you schedule a ‘special’ pick up – which is either inconvenient or costs you more money.

    • Wabbitt
      November 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Well, every mayor since Levy has touted how those fucking yellow bags have increased recycling and reduced the amount of trash.

      They just try to ignore that, instead of the trash going into a landfill, it’s being dumped all over the city.

    • Fillet o fish
      November 10, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Bingo Dm! THAT’S exactly the reason. But if you recall, the yellow bag fee was supposed to supplement the pick up of such items, even BEFORE they raised the yellow bag fee. What happened and where does this money go now? If you could get this stuff picked up for free, why would you risk a $10,000 fine for illegal dumping?

    • Factman
      November 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

      You obviously aren’t familiar with the trick of hiding your garbage in the recycle bin.

      • Dm
        November 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Of course I am. But how do you hide tires, large paint buckets, and an entire PC tower in the recycling bin? XD

  • Using My Noodle
    November 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Looks like a setting straight out of an episode of Forensic Files.

    I can see the narration right now…

    “On a hot, August morning in Worcester, Massachusetts, a neighbor walking his dog came upon a gruesome discovery. The decomposed body of a young woman…”

  • Wabbitt
    November 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I shudder to think what may have been on the hard drive of that computer.

    • StupidIsAsStupidDoes
      November 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Deb Powers’ sons probably dumped that there.

  • Wtf
    November 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    It takes a smart person to illegally dump trash with your name on it.

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