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Pawtucket Canal, Lower Locks, Lowell, Middlesex County, MA



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Item Title


Location
Lower Locks, Lowell, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-2-C
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-5).
Building/structure dates: 1797 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1822 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1836 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1841 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1887 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1905 subsequent work
Significance: The Lower Locks are comprised of two navigation locks and a dam, with a head of 17 feet. They were some of the earliest locks in the Lowell Canal System, originally constructed in the first phase of canal construction in the 1820s, and rebuilt after the opening of the Eastern Canal in 1836.

Subjects
Locks (hydraulic Facilities)
Wooden Buildings
Transportation


Related Names
Proprietors Of The Locks & Canals On The Merrimack
Jackson, Jonathan
Clark, Thomas
Merrimack Manufacturing Company
Boott, Kirk
Rand, Deacon
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Cannon, David D., Delineator
Hyde, Dr. Charles K., Historian
Scurci, Louis R., Delineator
Ventsch, Leslie R., Delineator
Conner, Michael F., Delineator
Ansteth, W. Richard, Delineator
Berg, Jeffrey T., Delineator
Howland, Mark M., Delineator


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection of the PL&C, Shelf 118, Drawing 241)--February 1888--PLAN OF SLUICE WAYS AS RECONSTRUCTED IN 1887
2. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection of the PL&C, Shelf 118, Drawing 191)--ca. 1903--PLAN OF THE LOWER LOCKS SHOWING GATE HOUSE AND DETAILS OF HOISTING APPARATUS
3. DAM AT THE LOWER LOCKS, LOOKING NORTHWEST AT THE DOWNSTREAM SIDE Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
4. LOWER LOCKS AND DAM, UPSTREAM SIDE VIEWED FROM ACROSS THE JUNCTION OF THE PAWTUCKET AND EASTERN CANALS, LOOKING EAST Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
5. LOWER LOCKS AND DAM LOOKING NORTHWEST AT THE DOWNSTREAM SIDE. WALL OF UPPER LOCK IS ON THE LEFT Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
6. LOWER LOCKS AND DAM, LOOKING WEST AT THE DOWNSTREAM SIDE. UPPER LOCK CHAMBER IS VISIBLE TO THE LEFT Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
7. UPPER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING WEST WITH DAM TO THE RIGHT 1976
8. LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING WEST TOWARDS THE GATES SEPARATING THE UPPER AND LOWER CHAMBERS Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
9. LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING EAST INTO THE CONCORD RIVER Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
10. LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE CONCORD RIVER Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
11. LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING WEST TOWARD THE GATES BETWEEN THE UPPER AND LOWER CHAMBERS Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
12. LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING WEST TOWARD THE GATES BETWEEN THE UPPER AND LOWER Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
13. OUTLET OF THE LOWER LOCK CHAMBER--GATES ARE NO LONGER EXTANT Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
14. WALL OF THE LOWER LOCK CHAMBER LOOKING INTO THE LOCK OUTLET: CHAMBER IS TO THE LEFT, PAWTUCKET CANAL ENTERS THE CONCORD RIVER TO THE RIGHT Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976
15. PINTLE HINGE FOR LOCK GATE Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976


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