Credit Card payments for interpretive fees.
Beginning September 9, due to the federal government's fiscal year close out, only cash or check payments can be accepted for fees at the Boott Mills, canal boat tours, and for Interagency Passes. Credit cards will be accepted again on October 1, 2014. More »
Lowell NHP Superintendents Compendium update.
The Superintendents Compendium has been updated in regard to the use of unmanned aircraft in national park areas. More »
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Welcome to Lowell National Historical Park
The creation of Lowell National Historical Park in 1978 acknowledged Lowell's significant contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Lowell's culture, environment, and historic manufacturing economy are influential pieces of our national heritage which ultimately changed American life. The city and its textile mills represent the first large-scale planned industrial city in American history. 19th-century Lowell ushered in a new era of technical innovation in textile manufacturing, gave rise to the modern corporation, and developed one of America's earliest urban working classes. Historically Lowell was heralded as the "Venice of the United States" for its extensive, technologically advanced canal system. Today, the Park is quite literally woven into the modern City of Lowell - a testament to the high integrity of Lowell's historic and cultural landscape.
Did You Know?
The population of Lowell grew dramatically during the years of industrial expansion-rising from about 2,500 in 1826 to more than 33,000 in 1850, when Lowell was the second largest city in Massachusetts.