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

The Birth of an Industrial City

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
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Inscription. The opening of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company on this site in 1823, marked the beginning of America’s first industrial city.

The Merrimack was the largest of Lowell’s mill complexes. By 1848, it employed over 2,000 workers and produced more than 7,000 miles of cloth each year. Like its parent company in Waltham, the Merrimack combined all of the steps of cloth production under a single roof. No longer were carding, spinning, and weaving performed in separate mills. This integrated manufacturing system succeeded on a large scale for the first time in Lowell. When it closed in 1958, the Merrimack was one of Lowell’s last surviving mills, It was razed in the 1960s, a victim of the wrecking ball.

(Inscription next to the photo on the bottom left)
View of Lowell, Benjamin Mather, 1825.

(Inscription over the photo in the upper right)
The landmark clocktower and mills of the Merrimack, ca. 1875
 
Erected by Lowell National Historic Park.
 
Location. 42° 38.883′ N, 71° 18.6′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on French 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
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
2. The Birth of an Industrial City Marker
distance of this marker. Life on the Corporation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rule of the Bell (about 600 feet away); St. Anne's Church (about 800 feet away); Debating Slavery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Irish Labor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steam Railroads In New England (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merrimack St. Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Street of Lighting (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Birth of an Industrial City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
3. The Birth of an Industrial City Marker
The Birth of an Industrial City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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