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Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Irish Labor

 
 
Irish Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
1. Irish Labor Marker
Inscription.  Irish laborers were vital in digging and maintaining the canals. The mills required a smooth and even flow of water to ensure efficiency and profit.

Before 1850, Yankee mill managers considered Irishmen fit to dig canals and construct mills, but were less likely to hire them for mill work. Textile labor was largely restricted to the native-born.

Every Saturday night the canals were drained. Sunday morning while others were at church, workers repaired canal walls and removed debris.

(Inscription under the photograph in the lower left side of the marker)
Lowell Canal System, 1848. When finished in 1848, Lowell’s power canal system was the largest in the world.

(Inscription in the upper left side of the photograph of the workers)
Men at work outside the Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse, 1897. Lowell National Historical Park.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor Unions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 42° 38.767′ N,
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71° 18.717′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is 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. Debating Slavery (here, next to this marker); Steam Railroads In New England (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Anne's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Wentworth Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); George L. Duncan Dedication Plaza and Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrimack St. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Street of Lightning (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Irish Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
2. Irish Labor Marker
Irish Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
3. Irish Labor Marker
Plague on the wall- Moody Street Feeder Gate House 1848-Lowell NHP
Irish Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
4. Irish Labor Marker
Photo of the Moody Street Feeder Gate House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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