Lowell, Massachusetts

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Lowell is a city located in the eastern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Massachusetts.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by Pennacook peoples, who considered it an “important hub.”  Other native groups active in this area included the Pawtuckets and the Wamesits.  Back in the 1820s, the so-called “Boston Associates” of the Boston Manufacturing Company founded the (then) village of Lowell, which was to be a new manufacturing center for textiles.  They named Lowell after Francis Cabot Lowell, who had been their visionary and leader.  The city of Lowell, Massachusetts was officially incorporated in 1826.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Lowell, Massachusetts has a total population of 110,558 people.  This makes it the fourth-most populous city in the entire state of Massachusetts.  Lowell, Massachusetts is also considered part of the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to a 2014 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 4,732,161 people.  This makes it the 10th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

As can be surmised by Lowell, Massachusetts’ textile manufacturing heritage, for much of its life, the city was dominated by that industry.  In fact, an entire national park within the city limits is devoted to preserving that history.  Lowell National Historical Park, which was established in 1978, “comprises a group of different sites in and around the city of Lowell, Massachusetts related to this era of textile manufacturing in the city during the Industrial Revolution.”

Of course, textile manufacturing has died down within the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, but the city is home to several institutions of note.  Institutions like the University of Massachusetts Lowell, or UMass Lowell.  UMass Lowell, which was established in 1894 as Lowell Normal School, is now a public research institution.  Back in 2015, UMass Lowell had an endowment of $82.4 million, while in 2016 it had 18,058 students enrolled into its various programs.

One of the most fascinating sites located within the UMass Lowell campus is undoubtedly the Radiation Laboratory.  This laboratory, which serves the Department of Applied Physics contains a 1 MW pool-type nuclear research reactor (UMLRR), which has been fully operational since 1974.

UMass Lowell’s River Hawks play in NCAA Division I America East.  The River Hawks have won 7 NCAA Championships throughout their history – three in Men’s Ice Hockey, one in Men’s Basketball, one in Men’s Cross Country, and two in Women’s Field Hockey.

Lowell, Massachusetts is home to several sporting franchises of note as well.  These include the Lowell Spinners, a Short-Season A minor league baseball affiliate of MLB’s Boston Red Sox.  The Spinners have one league title to their name.  Greater Lowell United FC is a soccer team who play in the North Atlantic Conference of the NPSL.  Their home pitch is located at Cawley Memorial Stadium.  Otherwise, Lowell also serves as a hub for boxing, hosting the annual New England Golden Gloves tournament.

Are you, perhaps, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Lowell, Massachusetts area?  Any chance you’ve ever considered becoming one?  Should you choose to embark upon such an epic quest, these resources listed below could help guide you:

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