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Excerpt from Quaint Bits of Lowell History: A Few Interesting Stories of Earlier Days Retracing our steps through this part of Lowell which was formerly a historic neighborhood of Dracut, and re-crossing the river at Clark's Ferry, we reach the spot that was the head of the Old Middlesex Canal. For its time, this enterprise was a wonderful feat of engineering and was the first canal in the United States opened for the transportation of travellers, and until the introduction of railroads, the Middlesex Canal was of great public benefit. Lumber and grain from the upper Merri mack, with other products of the country, found their way through the canal to Boston where they were exchanged for the commodities of the city, which were transferred back by means of the canal into the country. But in a few years after the completion of the railroads, the canal was discontinued, and now nearly all traces of it are obliterated. Not far from the head of the Canal, the Old Highway touches Middlesex street, and on it is found all that is left of the once famous Chelmsford Glass Works. These works were established here in 1802 by Boston manufacturers and at one time made a prominent industry in the little town Of Chelmsford. But now, not a vestige remains Of the dismal old wooden factory, black with the smoke of the big furnaces. One of the tenement houses is still standing that were built by the glass company, and it causes one to think of an unhappy ghost, doomed to haunt the scene of its former prosperity. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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