The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

More Before and After Lowell, MA changes Pt. 3. Photos taken in 2014, 2016, 2019, 2021 and 2022.


West End Gym, 850 Lawrence Street,  May 2016.
This is a huge mill and the photo was taken of the front left side.
The below photo was taken in December 2021.

For those who don't know, "The Fighter" movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards in 2011. Most of it was filmed in Lowell. The two half brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, both trained here.
I was recently asked where this gym was now, my reply is, I happened to discover it this morning when I was roaming around where Prince Spaghetti used to be. I used to know Arthur Ramalho, of the gym,   New gym is on 50 Newhall St.  Photo is below. 

50 Newhall St., Lowell, MA.

The building is now the Watershed Apartments.

Front of building (above and below).

Back of building (above and below). Note the smokestack was removed.


Merrimack St. and John St. Above photo taken April 2016. The location is now the Purple Carrot Bread Company restaurant that serves excellent food.


Above, these keys and the area are just feet away from the National Visitors Center. The above photos were taken in 2014. When I saw them many years ago, you could touch them. Last month, I saw they were under lock and key.


Big changes in the backyard of 219 Jackson Street.


Athenian Corner Restaurant, Market Street.
I've always loved this wall, it shows its age and character. Below, somebody thought this would be an improvement.


At Pawtucket St. and Father Morissette Blvd.
The Pawtucket Street going up to Merrimack Street.

The Concord River, flowing into the Merrimack River. The Lowell Auditorium is on the right. The photo was taken in April 2016. The one below was taken in December 2021.

Below are additional photos of where the West End Gym was on Lawrence Street.