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Lowell is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. With an estimated population of 108,861, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, after Boston, Worcester and Springfield and the second-largest in what the U.S. Census bureau defines as Boston's metropolitan area.
Founded in the 1820s as a planned manufacturing center for textiles, Lowell is located along the rapids of the Merrimack River, 25 miles northwest of Boston in what was once the farming community of East Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The so-called Boston Associates, including Nathan Appleton and Patrick Tracy Jackson of the Boston Manufacturing Company, named the new mill town after their visionary leader, Francis Cabot Lowell, who had died five years before its 1823 incorporation. As Lowell's population grew, it acquired more land from neighboring towns and diversified into a full-fledged urban center. Many of the men who composed the labor force for constructing the canals and factories had immigrated from Ireland, escaping the poverty and Potato Famines of the 1830s and 1840s. By the 1850s, Lowell had the largest industrial complex in the United States.
Lowell is located at the confluence of the Merrimack and Concord rivers. The Pawtucket Falls, a mile-long set of rapids with a total drop in elevation of 32 feet, ends where the two rivers meet. At the top of the falls is the Pawtucket Dam, designed to turn the upper Merrimack into a millpond, diverted through Lowell's extensive canal system.
The bordering towns (clockwise from north) are Dracut, Tewksbury, Billerica, Chelmsford and Tyngsborough. The border with Billerica is a point in the middle of the Concord River where Lowell and Billerica meet Tewksbury and Chelmsford.
The 10 communities designated part of the Lowell Metropolitan area by the 2000 U.S. Census are Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford and Pelham, New Hampshire
Lowell, Massachusetts, gets 42 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 50 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 114.
On average, there are 203 sunny days per year in Lowell, Massachusetts. The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 17. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 49 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Being in such a large metropolitan area has its perks. This is where you get to find some of the specialty stores that you don’t find in smaller areas – such as a comic book store.
Angels Above Thrift Shop – 99 Mammoth Rd, Lowell, MA 01854 – (978) 452-4833
Olympia Sports – 1201 Bridge St, Lowell, MA 01850 – (978) 452-1730
Larry's Comics – 66 Lakeview Ave., Lowell, MA 01850 – (978) 459-5323
Found Antique Store – 33 Middle St, Lowell, MA 01852 located in Lowell National Historical Park – (978) 654-5059
When you roam downtown Lowell, you’ll come across so many restaurants that, if you lived here, you wouldn’t be able to visit them all. Life Alive is an organic restaurant – something you don’t see just anywhere. Udupi Bhavan is an Indian restaurant if that fits your fancy.
Cobblestones – 91 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 970-2282
Life Alive – 194 Middle St. #3, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 453-1311
Pho 88 Restaurant – 1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851 – (978) 452-7300
Udupi Bhavan – 1717 Middlesex St. # 3, Lowell, MA 01851 – (978) 654-6653
America wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t have a good nightlife scene. Don’t be fooled by the Irish Pub name – it’s as American as it comes, that is, with an Irish twist.
J J Boomers – 705 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854 – (978) 970-3159
Blue Shamrock – 105 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 458-1288
The Old Court Irish Pub And Restaurant – 29-31 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 452-0100
Garcia Brogan's Cantina, Pub, & Restaurant – 131 Middlesex St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 446-0005
Lowell Public Schools operates district public schools. Lowell High School is the district public school. Non-district public schools include Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School, Lowell Community Charter Public School, and Lowell Collegiate Charter School.
Lowell High School – 50 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 937-8900
Lowell Community Charter Public School – 206 Jackson St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 323-0800
Greater Lowell Technical High School – 250 Pawtucket Blvd, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 – (978) 454-5411
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School – 67 Middle St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 656-3165
Lowell is a place with a really deep history, rooted since the inception of this country. This makes it an ideal location for anyone wanting to learn about this country’s history in person.
Lowell National Historical Park – 304 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 970-5000
American Textile History Museum – 491 Dutton St. #2, Lowell, MA 01854 - (978) 441-0400
Whistler House Museum of Art – 243 Worthen St, Lowell, MA 01852 – (978) 452-7641
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park – 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773 – 781) 259-8355
Lowell, Massachusetts is the ideal epitome of a metropolitan area. Its residents are connected, civic and active. There is even a voters coalition that made it legal to vote at age 17. Even though the city is located on the eastern coast of the country, it’s about as American as it gets.
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