Doors Open Lowell – 2012

Downtown Lowell sure has come a long way since the early 1980's.  My earliest memories of Downtown Lowell involve weekend visits to my grandmother, who once lived in the large apartment building at the corner of Middle and Central streets.  During those visits, we would walk up Central Street to Merrimack Street, follow Merrimack up…Read more Doors Open Lowell – 2012

Downtown Lowell’s “Uncle” Dudley Page: The Man behind Page’s Clock

If you've spent any time in Downtown Lowell, you've surely passed Page's Clock in Kearney Square on Merrimack Street.  The clock, refurbished in the 1990's, has been a Downtown Lowell landmark since the D.L. Page Company moved its operations into the nearby building at 16-18 Merrimack Street in May 1913. As its advertisements claimed, the…Read more Downtown Lowell’s “Uncle” Dudley Page: The Man behind Page’s Clock

The Grand Fires of 1904: Huntington Hall; Lowell, Massachusetts

Huntington Hall/Merrimack Street Depot By 1904, the building that housed both Huntington Hall and the Merrimack Street Depot had served as the city's main public gathering place for generations.  The City of Lowell and the Boston & Lowell Railroad entered into a joint agreement to build the hall in 1853, providing the railroad with the Merrimack…Read more The Grand Fires of 1904: Huntington Hall; Lowell, Massachusetts

The Grand Fires of 1904 – Lowell, Massachusetts – The Rise and Fall of the O’Donnell and Gilbride Department Store

In the 80 years leading up to 1904, Lowell, Massachusetts had grown from a sparsely populated corner of East Chelmsford into a bustling manufacturing city of 95,000 residents. Like any Edwardian-era city, Lowell faced its share of fire risks, especially in its downtown area. Before January was even half over in 1904, Lowell had suffered…Read more The Grand Fires of 1904 – Lowell, Massachusetts – The Rise and Fall of the O’Donnell and Gilbride Department Store

The Grand Fires of 1904 – Lowell, Massachusetts and Fire’s Constant Threat

Fire was a danger never far from the minds of our ancestors at the turn of the last century.  In 1904, Lowell, Massachusetts, then a manufacturing city of 95,000 residents and the 39th largest city in the United States¹, suffered a record-setting year in terms of fires, alarms, and losses suffered.  Before the year would…Read more The Grand Fires of 1904 – Lowell, Massachusetts and Fire’s Constant Threat