Industrialists built this canal town as a home for textile factories, and for those who worked in them.
By Anna Lee Braunstein, F351629
Towns get started for many reasons. For Lowell, Massachusetts, it was the rapidly moving Merrimack River. This waterway supplied the power that turned the belts that powered the machines that wove the fabrics. Textile company owners devised a complex system of locks and canals that diverted water from the Merrimack to the factories along its banks. By the mid-1800s, Lowell had become the heart of America’s Industrial Revolution.
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