Return to Content

Timeline of Lowell History

1940: Only three major textile mills are left in Lowell; shoe industry is failing; 40 percent of the population is “on relief.”

1950: Jack Kerouac publishes his first “Lowell” novel: The Town and the City

1975: First Southeast Asian refugees settle in Lowell, building toward the second-largest Cambodian American enclave in U.S. by 1990.

1976: Computer manufacturer Wang Labs opens its international headquarters in Lowell.

1978: Lowell National Historical Park is created to recognize the beginnings of the American Industrial Revolution.

1986: Charles, Prince of Wales, visits Lowell to see historic preservation in action.

1987-89: Lowell hosts the National Folk Festival three years running.

1988: Jack Kerouac commemorative sculpture and park are dedicated.

1990: First Lowell Folk Festival, now an annual tradition. Preservation magazine hails Lowell as “the relevant precedent emulated by rehabilitated gritty cities worldwide.”

1992: Wang Labs files for bankruptcy protection. Lowell native and former U.S. senator Paul Tsongas wins 8 presidential primaries and caucuses.

1996: The Lowell Spinners, a minor-league Red Sox affiliate, begin play.

2000: National Trust for Historic Preservation names Lowell one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”

2006: UMass Lowell announces a plan to build an $80 million nanotechnology center.

2009: Brazilian, African, and Iraqi families are among Lowell’s newcomers.

Lowell, MA: Poet Paul Marion
Yankee Classic: Jack Kerouac
Lowell, MA: Where to Go

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Tags: , ,

Give the Gift of Yankee Magazine and get a Gift in Return!

Send a one-year gift subscription of Yankee Magazine for only $17.99 a 50% savings. In return we will send you a free 2016 Scenes of New England Calendar (a $9.95 value)!


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive or disrespectful to our readers and/or writers, cannot be verified, lack clarity, or contain profanity. Your comments may be republished by Yankee Magazine across multiple platforms.

Register Sign In

©2015, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111

< Prev

Lowell, MA: Poet Paul Marion

Paul MarionMr. Alphonse Hudon, / wearing a blue parka and dress hat, / leans on his ...

Related Articles

Next >

Mayor of Fitchburg, MA: Lisa Wong

As the former director of Fitchburg's Redevelopment Authority, Mayor Lisa Wong is spearheading the long-term economic recovery of this venerable industrial city. Her goals include the revitalization of downtown, while preserving its historic character.In November 2007, residents of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, overwhelmingly elected Lisa Wong, a 28-year-old political novice ...

Related Articles