“And how would you like to be Joe Kennedy? Here’s your uncle, looking more like an escapee from Dropkick Murphy’s every day, and he says he’s going to run again in 1994? ”
- Howie Carr. Boston Herald. October 28, 1991
While I couldn’t find any specifics or pictures of the facility, several mentions of it show that this must be the place.
A Massachusetts court case from 1973 (2 years after the facility closed) mentions Murphy:
“This is a bill in equity under G. L. c. 231A, seeking a declaration whether certain amendments to the zoning by-law of the town of Acton (town) apply to a parcel of land (locus) owned by the plaintiffs Bellows Farms, Inc. and John E. Murphy and on which the plaintiff Donald P. O’Grady has contracted to build 402 apartment units. The defendants are the town, its building inspector and the members of its board of selectmen.”This land is along the Nashoba Brook in Acton which is mentioned in an article on fishing in Massachusetts from the New York Times:
BELLOWS FARMS, INC. & OTHERS vs. BUILDING INSPECTOR OF ACTON & OTHERS. April 4, 1973 - November 7, 1973.
We visited a spot in Boston (Jamaica Pond); then he gave me an hour on Neshoba Brook (on a stretch open to the public and owned by Dropick Murphy, a former wrestler) where I caught two brook trout.$25 per week works out to be about $325 per week in 2009 dollars, which isn’t exactly cheap. Legends of the place being some last stop for end of the line winos might be a bit misplaced.
“Wood Field and Stream” New York Times. May 9, 1968.
Dropkick Murphy was an actual wrestler. Here is small clip from back when The New York Times actually used to report on professional wrestling:
Indeed “Dropkick” Murphy was a pro-wrestler in
promoter Paul Bowser’s stable in Boston, MA. The venue for all Bowser’s events was the old Boston
Arena on St. Botolph Street. Murphy also had a
doctorate in Podiatry. I saw him wrestle numerous times in Boston as a kid in the mid-40’s. He was
a slick wrestler who was almost always on the
second bill. I remember him wrestling to a draw
with Leo Numa (real name Axel Anderson). His dry
out tank in Acton was truly legendary…a book should written about Murphy’s life.