Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lowell, MA Textile Mills

(Bootts Mill)

Lowell, MA
Textile Mills

Lowell was one of the major manufacturing centers in the U.S. during the mid-1800's to early 1900's. Like many manufacturing centers in the Northeast, they have closed the factories and left large manufacturing buildings. Lowell has many great mill buildings and several canals at three different levels to power the mills. Some of the buildings have been restored for new uses and others remain empty. The falling of the water from one elevation to another provided the source of power for these factories. Large turbines powered the mills, which turned due to the falling water through them. Lowell was choosen as an industrial location because of Pawtucket Falls on the Merrimack River. As other forms of powers such as electricity and steam became available cost efficient the factories moved to other parts of the country or outside of the U.S. Parts of Lowell are now a National Park. The main canal has been restored and the NPS offers boat rides along the canal and into the river.

Boott mill has been partially restored to provide vistors a view of early textile manufacutring in the U.S. and for other uses.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pears Mill

Pears Mill is in Southwestern Michigan in the small town of Buchanan. The mill wheel is on the back side of the building. The mill is located in downtown. N 41 49.618 W 86 81.660.
The waterwheel is a reconstruction of an overshot waterwheel and is made of wood.
The mill is in very good condition is part of renovated area of Buchanan, it is one block off the main street.