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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Trolleys, Trains and Tracks

"There is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.
(See tab on right side called "Lowell Series" for many more articles about Lowell.)


Trolleys, Trains and Tracks



1830          1930
STEAM RAILROADS IN NEW ENGLAND
HAD THEIR BEGINNINGS
IN THE CHARTER GRANTED THE
BOSTON AND LOWELL RAILROAD CORPORATION
JUNE 5, 1830
FIRST TRAIN OPERATED JUNE 24, 1835
THIS CENTENNIAL TABLET
PLACED OPPOSITE THE SITE OF
THE FIRST DEPOT BY THE
BOSTON AND MAINE RAILROAD
(Below shows where the site would have been.)

An old restored mill building houses the yellow trolleys. Underneath this rail is a canal, the renovated mills across the street are condos or apartments.
Locomotives in Lowell
Signs like this are all over the historical area.
Above trolley just left Boott Cotton Mills Museum and is going to the Lowell National Park Service Visitor's Center. The trolleys typically run from March through November, and the ride is free.  Planning has begun to expand trolley service into other parts of the downtown.
From the National Park Service's flyer on Lowell Trolleys, "By 1935 electric trolleys made their last run in Lowell--that is, until 1984. As part of the development of Lowell National Historical Park, trolley service was reestablished in Lowell's downtown to transport park visitors in the city."
Actual train tracks, on the sidewalk. I love this feature. This track went directly to where I used to work. There are others in the city.
National Streetcar Museum (below)




City Hall in the background.

Our train station doesn't look like this, but I love this photo. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to crop it for posting. Currently our station's multi-level parking lot is being renovated, and there is other construction as well. When it is completed next year, I will post a photo. The train leaves for North Station in Boston, and stops in towns* along the way.

*North Billerica, Wilmington, Woburn, Winchester, Wedgemere, West Medford

UPDATE: For October 11, 2014.


The above train, Desire #966, is an original 1924 New Orleans street car that ran on the St. Charles Streetcar Line. This car is housed in Lowell and is run by volunteers from the Seashore Trolley, on certain days. It takes visitors, free of charge, from the Visitor Center to the Boott Mill. I was finally able to see it and take a double ride. Below are photos, three through the window.

Above, part of the Lowell High School, and canal.
National Streetcar Museum.
Love the foliage, it helps make Lowell look extra special.




2 comments:

John D. Tew said...

Great photos as usual. I will look forward to seeing the photo of the train station when it is done.

Barbara Poole said...

John, I can assure you that the train station will look very plain, not worthy of a photo, but I'll try to remember. After I posted this blog post, I added more information, to stress the history and importance of our Lowell NPS.