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Inland along the Merrimack River, north of Boston and south of the New Hampshire border, lie cities which played major roles in America's industrial development, and today provide visitors with a fascinating look back at life during America's industrial heyday.

The city of Lowell was America's first large-scale planned industrial community. The National Park, has preserved and interpreted this industrial history with textile mills and over five miles of canals and housing and is impressive. Lowell is a true "comeback" industrial city. Like many northern industrial cities, most of its factories were abandoned when the workers became unionized, and the owners moved south for cheaper labor. Much of Lowell's re-development is due to the hard work and dedication of the late Paul Tsongas, former Lowell Mayor, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate.

Many excellent books have been written about the industrial revolution and the Merrimack Valley's role in it. One worth noting is "The Mill Girls", a fascinating tale of young 19th century female factory workers.

In Lexington and Concord just a few miles to the southwest of Lowell, you can visit where the American Revolution began at the Minute Man Statue in Minute Man National Historic Park. It was here that the "shot heard round the world" was fired, sounding the start of the revolutionary war against the British.

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