Lowell, the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution

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Between the old, restored mill buildings

I have planned a long weekend to the north. Main(e)ly to Maine. But in order to get there one has to cross states like e.g. Massachusetts. I had planned my journey to the most north-eastern state in two steps allowing me to make a short stop in the city of Lowell in Massachusetts.

Lowell is the fourth largest city of Massachusetts and is know to be the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution. To honor its important past the National Parks Service is maintaining the Lowell National Historic Parkanother tribute to America's industrial history, just like e.g. the Edison Laboratories in New Jersey.

Lowell was founded in 1821 by Boston Merchants and named after Francis Cabot Lowell, a businessman who, inspired by the British textile industry, had set up a small water-powered textile processing mill near Boston.

The south locks of the canals that power(ed) the mills
The success of this water powered industry led to the up scaling of the idea in the city that became Lowell. The location was chosen because of the nearby Pawtucket River that could be dammed so its water could be used to power the mills.

The textile industry was a huge success and offered a lot of work to many people of which many immigrants. Until the 1910s / 1920s. By then the mills started closing due to the Great Depression. A short revival occurred during the World War II when Lowell was reactivated for the production of parachutes. But, by 1950 the last mill closed forever. Now the complex is still present and, as said, managed by the National Park Service.

Unfortunately I was a bit late, and the park had not opened completely yet. So, I just walked a bit around between the huge factory halls and looked at the huge locks that control the water level of the Pawtucket Canals.

More pictures below!

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An old railroad track that led to…
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Downtown Lowell
Downtown Lowell
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The plaza between the mills anno …
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Workers in in the mills plaza aro…
Lowell
photo by: jamartin39