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

The Rule of the Bell

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
1. The Rule of the Bell Marker
Inscription. High above the courtyard of the Boott Cotton Mills stands a clock tower, crowned by a street bell. The bells chimed six times each day, summoning workers to and from their machines. In the new industrial cities of America, the factory bell replaced the sun as a signal for daily tasks.

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,
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
2. The Rule of the Bell Marker
71° 18.467′ 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 distance of this marker. The Birth of an Industrial City (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life on the Corporation (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Anne's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Debating Slavery (approx. ¼ mile away); Irish Labor (approx. ¼ mile away); Steam Railroads In New England (approx. ¼ mile away); Human Construction (approx. ¼ mile away); Merrimack St. Depot (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
3. The Rule of the Bell Marker
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By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
4. The Rule of the Bell Marker
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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 300 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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