Evolution of a Millyard

Evolution of a Millyard (HM27U5)

Location: Lowell, MA 01852 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 38.86', W 71° 18.44'

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The Boott Cotton Mills complex is one of the finest examples of mill architecture in the United States. The mill complex you see today resulted from many decades of expansion and adaption.
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Four mill buildings were constructed here between the Eastern Canal and Merrimack River in the late 1830s. The area around the mills was open because of the fear and danger of fire.
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In the 1840s the introduction of sprinkler systems into the mills made their expansion possible. The original mills were then connected to make two larger buildings, and a fifth mill was added. Open space vanished.
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1870s to present
The widespread use of steam power after the Civil War led to another round of construction. Four more mills were added and the earlier buildings were expanded. Eventually as the millyard was completely enclosed views of river, city, and canals disappeared.
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Workers in Boott mill yard, ca. 1880
HM NumberHM27U5
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 310857 N 4724270
Decimal Degrees42.64766667, -71.30733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.86', W 71° 18.44'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 51.6" N, 71° 18' 26.4" W
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Area Code(s)508, 978
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 141 John St, Lowell MA 01852, US
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