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    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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The Boott Mills and Eastern Canal.
The Boott Cotton Mills Museum
NPS/Andrew Donovan
 

Welcome to Lowell National Historical Park

The story of Lowell is a powerful experience within a landscape that has much to offer for visitors. The revolutionary thinking that took place in the 19th century continues into the 21st century. The creation of this national park is one of those revolutionary ideas that was spawned with great public enthusiasm. Here we tell the stories of innovation in technology and engineering and of people who came from faraway lands looking to make a better life for themselves and their families.

 

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.

Today, we offer opportunities to experience Lowell in exciting ways. Ride the rails on the historic replica trolleys, cruise the canals aboard one of our four tour boats, or walk along the Riverwalk or Canalway to one of many museums and historic sites within the Park. The evenings are filled with the sounds of music with our Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park. The Lowell Folk Festival is the main event in July as over 100,000 people come to Lowell and the Park to celebrate traditional music, ethnic foods and crafts.

Welcome! We look forward to hosting your trip to Lowell National Historical Park.

Did You Know?

Historic etching, Lowell National Historical park

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.