About Lowell

Guide to Lowell

You may know of the city of Lowell as the birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution. There's a whole lot more for you to discover. With a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity and a flair for festivals, the city of Lowell offers food and entertainment for every occasion.

Discover students' favorite options by browsing the list of Lowell destinations below.

Cultural

Lowell Originals

The Great Outdoors

On a Rainy Day

Take A Date

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Fun Facts About Lowell

  • Jack Kerouac lived in three neighborhoods in Lowell: Centralville, Pawtucketville and the Highlands. Despite being French-Canadian, he never lived in Little Canada.
  • By 1850, less than 50 years after their establishment, the mills in Lowell were annually producing enough cloth to circle the earth twice!
  • Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876, but in 1880, the first city to use telephone numbers was Lowell.
  • The 5.6 miles of hand-dug canals in Lowell channeled the Merrimack River's 32-foot drop to Lowell's mills, providing power for the mill machinery in the 19th century.
  • The Lowell Cemetery on 77 Knapp Avenue is the fourth oldest garden cemetery in the U.S.; it dates back to the 1840's.
  • The soft drink, Moxie was invented as a medicine in Lowell in 1876 and claimed to cure paralysis.
  • The first CVS was established in downtown Lowell in 1963, it began as a "Customer Value Store" on Merrimack Street.
  • Lowell's downtown is part of the Lowell National Historical Park, established in 1979 as the first urban National Park in the country.
  • Death Cab for Cutie's song, "Lowell, MA," features lines about the city - it was featured on their album "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes," released in 2000.
  • Lowell is home to the first ever National Human Dog Sled Race, which takes place every February during Winterfest.