Then and Now: Merrimack Mills’ New Block and LHS

Lowell’s New Block boardinghouse stood on Dutton Street for over 120 years before it fell to mid-century ‘progress’ in 1966.

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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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Another First in Lowell History: The Soda Fountain

Whether you call it pop, tonic, soda, or just plain Coke, the soda fountain owes its modern form to one Gustavus D. Dows who ran a drugstore with his brother at 213 Central Street in Lowell in the mid 1850s.

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Old Group Photos: Someone Else’s Ancestors

Maybe you love to stare into the faces of those captured in long-ago photographs and search for a lost image of a long-dead ancestor.  Maybe you just like old photos. In our family, we’ve had an old group photograph from 1924 for … well, since it was taken in 1924.  The story behind the photograph […]

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Lowell’s Early History, Hidden in Plain Sight.

Where would you find the site of Lowell’s first kindergarten, first day nursery, first night school, and first foray into community education? Where would find one of the city’s few buildings remaining from the 1820s? Would you go to one of the city’s downtown parking garages? Probably not, but that’s just where you’d see all […]

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