"There is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.
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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.)
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.
*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.