Favorite thing: Lowell has had so much Federal and private money poured into it for the preservation of its textile past. Several mill buildings and complexes have been made into museums and art exhibit space. There is a National Park with park rangers to give directions and tell you more of the history of this town at the edge of industrialization. Now in 2004 the town tries to reshape itself once again...into a different era...where all the industry has fled to overseas production, and the tenement houses are filled with immigrant and low income populations trying to find a way in the new society. It's an interesting study.
The Merrimack Canal is a canal that runs through Lowell. The canal which was dug in the 1820's, begins at the Pawtucket Canal just above Swamp Locks and empties into the Merrimack River. The MERRIMACK CANAL was the first major canal to be dug at Lowell exclusively for power purposes.
Lowell's 5.6 mile canal system which weaves through the downtown and historical neighbourhoods, is both an engineering marvel and a relaxing and beautiful place for a stroll.
Luther Ladd was a 19-year old private in the 6th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry at the start of the Civil War. As the regiment passed through Baltimore en route to Washington on April 19, 1861, a riot broke out, shots were fired and Ladd and three other soldiers were killed, making them the first casualties of the Civil War. Ladd is buried in Lowell's Monument Square, beneath the Ladd and Whitney monument.
The LADD WHITNEY MEMORIAL is dedicated to the veterans of Lowell.
Located at 8 Kirk Street, at the corner of Kirk and Merrimack Street is the Gothic Revival SAINT ANNE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH built in 1825.
It's such a beautiful church with its wonderful stained glass windows, some of which are Tiffany.
Along the last century, Lowell got loads of immigrant to work in it mills. A large number of them where french canadians, some of the close to 1 million who moved from Québec to USA between 1850 and 1950.
For me to walk in the early morning in this city bring this question : 'How come I am not an american ?'
Lowell's arena is named after late Massachusetts senator Paul Tsongas, a Lowell native. The Arena is the home of the Lowell Devils minor league hockey team, an affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, as well as to the UMass Lowell Riverhawks hockey team. The Arena sponsors many events throughout the year which include rock concerts, sporting events, conventions and trade shows. If you're going to be in the area it might be a good idea to check the Arena's Web site to see if anything happening there catches your interest. http://www.paultsongasarena.com/
Fondest memory: The Tsongas Arena hosted the Men's World Curling Championship in 2006.
If you are coming to Lowell for its Mill History, I suggest reading Call the Darkness Light by Nancy Zaroulis...a novel of a teen as a Mill Girl in the early 1800s. With Zaroulis' attention to detail, I found my self easily transported to walking the neighborhoods I knew growing up where the heroine experienced her difficult years to maturity.
Fondest memory: Being blessed in the '50s by a couple of very special gals sharing a bit of their teen years with me as we experienced the transition from the Big Band era into the age of Rock 'n Roll/R&B. Being able to dance at Holy Trinity's 50 cents record hops on High St. one night with brief drop-in visits by the Fours....Lads, Freshmen, Aces, Mcguire Sisters, Jerry Vale, Platters, etc. and then dance to the Big Bands at the Commodore Ballroom (and Totem Pole, albeit down off 128) the next night.
Favorite thing: Located at 79 Dutton St., just across the Merrimack Canal, is the Lowell MASONIC TEMPLE, a white stone building with 8 huge Greek-style columns at the front.
Favorite thing: All along the chanel,energetic base from witch they built all those mills, you will see all those red bricks building. You may even visit the 'mill museum' within the Boot Cotton Mill.