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

In the Shadow of the Mills

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
1. In the Shadow of the Mills Marker
Inscription.

To the right stands a boardinghouse block built in 1837, for the Boott Cotton Mills workers. Dozens of company-owned boardinghouses served as home for the thousands of young, single women - Lowell's "mill girls."

This block was one of eight owned and managed by the Boott Corporation. Quarters were crowded, and rules were strict. Curfew was at 10 p.m., church attendance was mandatory, and improper behavior was prohibited. Still, the boardinghouse provided an atmosphere where workers shared experiences and forged bonds of solidarity.

As working conditions worsened, Yankee women resisted with strikes and petition drives. When their protests were ignored, they began to leave the mills.

Like Yankee women before them, immigrants came to Lowell for mill work. They usually chose to live in ethnic neighborhoods rather than corporation boardinghouses.

[Main illustration caption reads]
1876 Bird's eye view of the Boott Cotton Mills and its boardinghouses.

[Bottom left photo captions read]
Workers in front of Boott Boardinghouse, Ca. 1870

Booth Mills boardinghouse, pre-restoration, ca. 1985
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 38.86′ N, 71° 18.509′ W.

In the Shadow of the Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
2. In the Shadow of the Mills Marker
Former Mill Girls boardinghouses in background
Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Touch for map. Marker is near the NW corner of Boarding House Park, about 150 feet NE of French Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: Boarding House Park, Lowell MA 01852, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harnessing Waterpower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lowell Sculptures: One, Two, and Three (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rule of the Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Florence Patti Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Evolution of a Millyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birth of an Industrial City (about 400 feet away); W.H. Parker Building (about 400 feet away); Brown, Fay, and Watson Houses (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
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Also see . . .
1. The Mill Girls (Lowell National Historical Park). (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Mill Girls (Lowell National Historical Park). (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Boarding Houses (Lowell National Historical Park). (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Lowell Mill Girls Go on Strike, 1836 (Robinson)
Former Mill Girls Boardinghouses image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
3. Former Mill Girls Boardinghouses
. (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Lowell Mill Girls and the factory system, 1840 (Gilder Lehrman). (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWomen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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