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

Street of Lightning

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
1. Street of Lightning Marker
Inscription. The Boston and Maine Railroad, completed in 1835, was New England’s first steam railroad. In the Lowell Offering, a “mill girl” wrote that people expected to see a “street of lightning” when the railroad arrived.

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 the far right) Merrimack Street Depot, ca 1900-University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Lowell History
 
Location. 42° 38.733′ N,
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
2. Street of Lightning Marker
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.
 
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.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
3. Street of Lightning Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 32 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.
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