Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Street of Lightning
The continuing prosperity of industrial Lowell depended on efficient shipping of materials. Realizing this, the owners of Lowell’s textile corporations financed the Boston and Lowell Railroad. In 1887, it was merged into the Boston and Maine Railroad.
The original depot on this site was replaced in 1853, by a larger station that also held city offices and public halls for political debates, meetings, lectures, and entertainment. The arches replicate the entrance to the station which was destroyed by fire in 1904.
Dickens rides the Boston and Lowell…on, on, on-tears the mad dragon of an engine with its train of cars; scattering in all directions a shower of burning sparks from its wood fire; screeching, hissing, yelling, panting, until at last the thirsty monster stops beneath a covered way to drink
..Charles Dickens 1842.
(Inscription under the photo on
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 42° 38.733′ N, 71° 18.733′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Merrimack Street and Dutton Street, on the right when traveling east on Merrimack Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lowell MA 01852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Merrimack St. Depot (here, next to this marker); Lowell Institution for Savings Building (a few steps from this marker); Wentworth Building (a few steps from this marker); George L. Duncan Dedication Plaza and Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Railroads In New England (within shouting distance of this marker); Victorian Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Lowell Gas Light Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3. submitted on May 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.