If New England were a country, would mill towns like Lowell exist?

What would New England be without its mill towns? In what universe would mill towns like Lowell never have developed here?

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When Did Shakey’s Open in Nashua?

Everyone loved Shakey’s. The iconic pizza restaurant kept us going to Nashua’s DW Highway long before the Pheasant Lane Mall rose up in the field behind it.

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The Great Boston Molasses Flood, Prohibition and Anarchists

On the day that Boston’s Great Molasses Flood came in 1919, over 2 million gallons of the thick sugary syrup burst out of its storage tank and coursed through the streets in the city’s North End. The wave of molasses reached at least 15 feet high at one point and raced towards its victims at 35 mph.

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The Prince Grotto and Its Place in Lowell Restaurant History

When it opened just before Memorial Day in 1959, Lowell’s Prince Grotto Restaurant promised big things. “New England’s finest Italian restaurant,” they said, catered to “those who know and appreciate fine foods elegantly served.” And for nearly thirty years, the Prince Grotto served fine Italian, American, and French cuisine from its well-hidden alcove down Carter […]

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