Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
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.
Location. 42° 38.767′ N, 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.
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 St. Anne's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrimack St. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Street of Lightning (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Corporation (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Worker (about 500 feet away); Homage to Women (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.