Many in Lowell recall the vast granite and brick buildings at Thorndike's intersection with Highland as the Keith Academy building. Before Keith Academy, though, the buildings housed the Lowell Jail. The Lowell Jail was the city's second, replacing the first which had been located at the corner of Dutton and Cushing streets, and dated from…Read more All in the Same Building: A Jail, Catholic School and later Condos
Few people living today remember the 1920s - let alone the specifics of travel during the era. Luckily, New England's commitment to preserving its history makes it relatively easy to envision the region as it appeared in decades past. This becomes obvious during any ride through many of its cities. The YouTube video below shows the…Read more A Train Accident in Lowell – 1928
Rogers Street,today, is one of Lowell's main gateways into the city, providing access from Tewksbury, the city's southern neighbor. Known by many outside Lowell simply as Route 38, the road has a long past that is deeply connected to Lowell's history, and to the history of its Belvidere neighborhood especially. Rogers Street gets its name…Read more The Story of Lowell’s Rogers Hall
The gates are familiar to all who pass Lowell's Shedd Park at the intersection of Rogers Street (Route 38) and Knapp Avenue in the city's Belvidere section. And they tell a story of some of the greatest generosity ever experienced by the city of Lowell. Today, Lowell's Shedd Park is home to fifty acres of…Read more The Story of Lowell’s Shedd Park
Like today, the summer months of a century ago were no stranger to hot spells in the Greater Lowell area either. One particular hot spell, during the middle of July in 1910, was said to be 'hotter than the hobs of Hades', as it was reported by Oscar, a popular downtown Lowell personality who worked at…Read more Hot Spells of Long Ago – Lowell, Massachusetts, 1910
Is Massachusetts getting warmer? Wetter? There has been a lot of talk about global warming, climate change, its causes and its implications for our future. But, how has climate change affected Massachusetts? To really identify climate change, one needs a consistent set of data, taken reliably, continuously, and consistently at the same location over a…Read more Climate Change: Is Massachusetts getting warmer and wetter?
High school entrance exams during the Civil War era were hard, really. For arithmetic, 14-year-olds in Lowell, Massachusetts were asked to calculate the diameter of a cannon ball weighing 250 pounds, if the diameter of a 128-pound ball was 8 inches. In grammar, they were asked for the plurals of Mr. Smith, Miss Smith, and…Read more Lowell High’s Entrance Exam in 1865 – Difficult Questions and High Expectations