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Lowell Locks and Canals Historic District

Lowell, Massachusetts
County of Middlesex.
Between Middlesex Street and Merrimac River
National Register Number: 76001972
Resource type: District.
Property type: Industry/Processing/Extract. - communicat.facil.. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: MA-5 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Lowell National Historic Park; See www.nps.gov/lowe.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 22, 1977):
The Locks and Canals District encompasses all of the canals in the city of Lowell, their associated locks, and the mills that were powered by the canals. This canal system led to the supremacy of Lowell as the cotton textile manufacturing center of the United States, and contributed to the evolution of the first major American industrial city. The District contains virtually unaltered waterways, mills and machinery.

Vegetation and high water continually threaten the integrity of the canal walls particularly in the Upper Pawtucket Canal Guard Locks Reach as well as the Hickey Hall and Lawrence Dam area. Weather continues to threaten the Hamilton Wasteway Gate House.

There are no other changes to the landmark.

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