Return to Content

Timeline of Lowell History

Timeline of Lowell History
1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

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.

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: , ,
Yankee Magazine Advertising

Bring New England Home
plus, get the Tablet Edition FREE!

In this issue: Winter in Vermont

  • Warm Up to Perfect Comfort Food
  • Keeping Timeless Crafts Alive
  • A Town That Loves Covered Bridges and Artists
Subscribe Today and Save 44%
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

©2013, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111