River Cycle: The Concord in Lowell
Contact: Chad Montrie, 978-934-4275
Contact: Phil Lupsieiwcz, 978-275-1705
LOWELL, MA — A lush garden cemetery. A dam built for the Middlesex Manufacturing Company. A gothic Catholic church. A lone smokestack. These are among the many relics of the past visible along the Concord River as it flows through Lowell. An attentive eye will also notice various natural features, like white water rapids, animal tracks, soaring hawks, and ferns & wild flowers. But the history and ecology of the waterway and its banks have been long neglected. Now Lowell’s “other river” has been rediscovered.
Did You Know?
The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.