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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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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