February 15th, 2009.
Lowell (pop. 105,000) is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts after Boston, Worcester, and Springfield.
It is one of the oldest industrial cities in the US and is built on a network of canals on the Merrimack River.
Coming into town on Chelmsford St
Public housing on Gorham St, south of downtown.
South St, looking towards the mills
Jackson St. The mill on the right has been refurbished as condos. The other one, perhaps someday.
The Appleton Mill
One of the canals. They have names, but I don't know them.
Middlesex and Elliot St
Central and Jackson
The Sun Building
Merrimack St, the main drag in downtown Lowell
Old firehouse, turned into a restaurant
Market & Dutton
Worthen Street towards City Hall
Market Street, west of downtown
O’Brian Terrace public housing. There seemed to be a large Dominican population in the area. Lowell also has the second largest Cambodian population in the US after Long Beach, CA. The city is over 10% Cambodian, which is the highest percentage in the US.
Market at Lewis St
Abandoned public housing on Lewis St
The only residential areas I hit were adjacent to downtown to the south and west, which tended to be on the grittier side.
Quiet Sunday morning
Near Cabot St
Looking back towards downtown on Market
Detail on City Hall
Merrimack at John St
Some fixed up mills by the river
Mills with Centralville neighborhood, north of the river, in back
Hill in Centralville
Merrimack, upriver towards Nashua, NH
Downriver towards Lawrence, MA
The Concord River
Merrimack River from the Hunts Fall Bridge
The Concord River, at left, joins the Merrimack
On a hill north of the river
E. Merrimack & High St
Jackson & Gorham, heading back
Appleton & Gorham
Here's a few shots from early September of 2005, for a warmer look at things
Lowell is one of those cities where almost every square inch is potentially interesting. I didn't even touch any neighborhoods more than a few blocks form downtown. They seemed pretty neat driving in and out. Perhaps another day...
This concludes the Merrimack River cities trilogy: