The Birth of an Industrial City

The Birth of an Industrial City (HM190W)

Location: Lowell, MA 01852 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 38.883', W 71° 18.6'

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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
HM NumberHM190W
Placed ByLowell National Historic Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 9:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 310640 N 4724319
Decimal Degrees42.64805000, -71.31000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.883', W 71° 18.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 52.98" N, 71° 18' 36.00" W
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Area Code(s)508, 978
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-29 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell MA 01852, US
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