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Another bit of Lowell is becoming history. It was certainly sad to hear this morning that one of my favorite spots for a quick meal is closing. I always looked forward to going there whenever the job brought me to the city.

LOWELL -- Elliot's Famous Hot Dogs, which has served Greater Lowellians since 1920, is closing for good on Friday.
Customers arrived at Elliot's three locations in Lowell and Chelmsford on Friday to find handwritten signs announcing the closings. The owner, Angelo Drech, could not be reached for comment.
Customers interviewed at the Elliot Street location downtown said they were not surprised by the news.
Elliot's billed itself as "the Taste of Lowell," offering "The Works" with a special blend of mustard and relish. Add onion, and you'd have the "All Around." It became known as a popular haunt for movers and shakers; TV personality Ed McMahon, who spent several years of his youth in Lowell, never came back to the city without stopping at Elliot's.


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What a shame another piece of history.....A little about Lowell,Lynn,Lawrence..

The City of Lowell is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its strategic location at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, provides excellent access to all points of interest in Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire and Maine. Commuter rail also provides an easy 40-minute ride to Boston's North Station.

Lowell's National Park is known as one of the greatest tributes to the Industrial Revolution and the textile industry that boomed in New England in the nineteenth century. The rehabilitated mill buildings are further complemented by 2 1/2 miles of trolley tracks, canal boat tours, and several museums.

The 3200-seat Lowell Auditorium hosts many of the country's best performers at affordable prices. The Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which is also located in downtown Lowell, is one of the few self-sustaining repertory theater groups in the northeast.

The 19th century mill buildings provide an excellent opportunity for low-cost acquisition and rehabilitation for small and large companies. The city offers many unique financial incentives to encourage new growth and development. The city's workforce is computer literate and strongly supported by the local school district, which has just completed nine new schools and five school rehabilitations. The education base also includes Middlesex Community College and The University of Massachusetts Lowell. The student population further enhances the market for retail businesses in downtown Lowell and its surrounding neighborhoods.

This planned urban community is built around the Merrimack River and its diverse canal system, which provided power to the early manufacturers. Today these water amenities add to the character of the city. Special events of the year include a folk festival, known as the best in New England and draws over 200,000 people annually, Riverfest, First Night, and Fourth of July fireworks.


Although mostly an agricultural community, Lynn people were skilled in making leather shoes that were used to purchase the other necessities of life. A Quaker named Ebineezer Breed persuaded other Europeans to settle in Lynn to make the town an important shoe center of the new world. Breed was also successful in convincing Congress to place a protective tariff on the shoes made in Lynn, which helped to make the town the ladies' shoe center of the world. Lynn became a city in 1850, as her population exploded. In 1892, the Lynn-based Thomson-Houston Electric Company merged with the Edison general Electric Company to form the General Electric Company.

Throughout the 19th century, Lynn was the center for religious and social change. Lynn is also known as the City of Firsts. Among the many "firsts" in Lynn history are:
1629In 1629 the first Tannery in the US began operations in Lynn.
1847Lynn Astronomer Maria Mitchell was the first woman inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1875Lydia Pinkham, a Lynn resident, was the first woman to use her image to sell a product. The Lydia Pinkham Vegetable Compound.
1888The first Electric Trolley in the state ran from Lynn in 1888
1912On May 30, 1912, the first Airmail Delivery in New England flew from Saugus to Lynn
1942The first Jet Airplane Engine in the U.S. was built at Lynn's General Electric plant in 1942.
Today, Lynn with a population of 89,050 continues to thrive and flourish as a community of hard-working people.

Lynn is rich with history, so visit one of our libraries, museums or historical society to find out more about the history of our great city.

More On Lynn Lynn was settled by colonists from the New England Company in Salem in 1629. Early settlers relied primarily on family farming and shell fishing although an iron works was established in the city in 1643.

Leather tanning became a major industry very early on and by 1775 there were a string of tanneries along Black Marsh Brook, called Tanney Brook, to the harbor. When the Eastern Railroad was extended from Boston to Salem in 1837, it went through Lynn, encouraging growth in the shoe industry and a factory district was created as well as shoe workers' neighborhoods of boardinghouses. The Civil War brought great prosperity to the city and further growth of the shoe factories. Even the fires of 1869 and 1889, which destroyed much of the central business district from Central Square to Broad Street, didn't stop expansion. The gutted buildings were simply replaced by five and six story shoe factories.

While Lynn developed its major industrial capacity, handsome summer estates were being built along its shore by the middle of the 19th century. These established the city as a fashionable Boston resort area. At least a dozen large shore estates were built and other land was subdivided for increasingly suburban residential development. When Lynn Shore Drive was opened in 1910, it encouraged the development of high rises to take advantage of the shore view


Located twenty-five miles north of Boston, Lawrence, Massachusetts is truly a city of immigrants and industry. Lawrence was built in the 1840's as the nation's first planned industrial city. The massive mill buildings lining the Merrimack River, the striking clock and bell towers and the breath-taking Great Stone Dam are all a tribute to Lawrence's industrial heritage. The harnessed strength of the Merrimack River and its system of canals fueled the Lawrence mills that produced textiles for the American and European markets. By the early twentieth century, with a population of nearly 95,000, the city was a world leader in the production of cotton and woolen textiles in massive mills.

Known as the "Immigrant City", Lawrence has always been a multi-ethnic and multicultural gateway city with a high percentage of foreign-born residents. The successive waves of immigrants coming to Lawrence to work in the mills began with the Irish, followed by the French Canadians, Englishmen, and Germans in the late 1800s. Around the turn of the century and early 1900s, Italians, Poles, Lithuanians, and Syrians began arriving. The wave of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans started in the mid to late 1900s, and the newest arrivals have originated from Vietnam and Cambodia. The current population of roughly 70,000 is largely Hispanic and has given a Latino slant to the local economy and culture.

Today Lawrence remains an urban center with 35% of its economy still manufacturing-based. Despite global trends that have seen manufacturing industries move south and overseas, the city is still a hub of textile, apparel and shoe companies such as Malden Mills, KGR Inc., Grieco Brothers, New Balance and Cardinal Shoe. With the affordable space and close proximity to routes 93 and 495, newer companies in technology, health care and manufacturing such as New England Affiliated Technology, the Robert Able Company and the Gem Group, have chosen to locate in Lawrence. For more information on Business Opportunities, visit our Community Development Department.

High quality health care is available at Lawrence General Hospital, offering a full range of medical and emergency services. The Pulitzer Prize winning daily newspaper, The Eagle Tribune, has its roots in Lawrence. Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence offers a full array of associate degree programs and adult education programs.
The level of energy and commitment in the city's neighborhoods exceeds that of most communities. Whether it is exemplified at the grassroot levels in the strong neighborhood associations or in the community policing program. People in the community have created a safer place to live and work.

In addition, Lawrence offers recreational, historical and cultural attractions. The Lawrence Community Boating Program allows the city's youth and adults to sail on the rolling waters of the Merrimack. The Lawrence Heritage State Park is a 23-acre historic preservation of urban life that records the history of immigrant workers and life in a mill town. The city also boasts art exhibitions at Essex Art Center and hosts a wide range of cultural activities like ethnic festivals that celebrate the diversity and rich heritage of Lawrence.

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Well the Owl is great for breakfast. Georges out of Gorham Street is not as good as it used to be and I think everyone has to experience a drink at the Old Worthern. Word is a guy named Edgar Allen Poe used to stop in there while visiting Lowell for a booty call.
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