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Hoping to unearth Irish history, they’ll be digging again in Lowell

The immigrants? work of digging the canals along the Merrimack River to power Lowell?s mills was arduous and sometimes dangerous. The immigrants? work of digging the canals along the Merrimack River to power Lowell?s mills was arduous and sometimes dangerous. (Lowell National Historical Park)
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / August 10, 2010

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In August 1822, some 30 Irish laborers walked north from Charlestown on the promise of steady work. They settled in what would become Lowell and became central to the city’s creation, digging canals along the Merrimack River to power textile mills and the rise of a cloth-making capital. (Full article: 846 words)

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