Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Rule of the Bell
Each day the workers passed through the mill gates to a workplace where danger, noise and filth were common. Workers arriving late found locked gates and had to enter through the adjacent countinghouse. There they faced the mill agent and the penalty of docked pay or dismissal. Today the sidewalk leads to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.
Among the workers were children---often from immigrant families. Pay was poor, and many families depended on children’s wages for survival. Child labor laws encouraged children to obtain working papers to work in the factories.
(Inscription beside the photo on the lower left)
“Bell Time” by Winslow Homer, Harpers Weekly, 1868
(Inscription under the photo in the center)
Boott Cotton Mills spinning room, 1938
(Inscription over the photo on the right)
Workers leaving the mills, ca.1910
Erected by Lowell National Historic Park.
Location. 42° 38.85′ N, 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. The Lowell Sculptures: One, Two, and Three (a few steps from this marker); Evolution of a Millyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Florence Patti Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); In the Shadow of the Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Harnessing Waterpower (within shouting distance of this marker); W.H. Parker Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown, Fay, and Watson Houses (about 600 feet away); The Birth of an Industrial City (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.