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Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Massachusetts

The Boott Mills in Lowell, Massachusetts were a part of an extensive group of cotton mills, built in 1835 alongside a power canal system in this important cotton town. Its incorporators were Abbott Lawrence, Nathan Appleton, and John Amory Lowell, and is named after Kirk Boott, the first Agent of the Proprietors of Locks & Canals in Lowell. Today, the Boott Mills complex is the most complete remainder of antebellum textile mills built in Lowell. The original Mill No. 6 is managed by the National Park Service unit Lowell National Historical Park and houses the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and the Tsongas Industrial History Center for K-12 educational programs.

The Boott Mills are now an example of adaptive re-use; they contain the Lowell National Historical Park Boott Cotton Mills Museum featuring a recreated weave room and other exhibits, privately owned and managed residential housing, and offices. The National Park Service also maintains a single row of recreated 'Mill girl' boarding house exhibits, modeled after that built to house the mainly young, female workforce recruited according to the Lowell System. Wikipedia

Image Credits: National Park Service

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