Lowell Deeds

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January 5, 2006

Lowell Annexations

by @ 5:35 pm. Filed under History

This morning I was a guest on WCAP (radio 980 AM) and a caller mentioned how the city of Lowell was much smaller at its inception back in 1826 but that portions of Tewksbury, Dracut and Chelmsford were annexed to Lowell through the 19th and into the early 20th Centuries. We have an old map at the registry that shows what portions of the city were annexed on what dates. Given the map’s size and the antique from in which it resides, we haven’t been able to scan it. We have, however, created a database of the various streets that were within the annexed portions along with the dates that they became part of Lowell. So, if you are a resident of the city, CLICK HERE to see if your street was once part of an adjacent town.

2 Responses to “Lowell Annexations”

  1. Nana133 Says:

    This database will be very helpful to history buffs and homeowners in tracing the history of homes and streets in Lowell. Lots of questions were asked about this process during the recent MVCC Holiday House Tour. Congratulations for your quick response.

  2. Dan Bremser Says:

    Per “Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts 1997″ prepared by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, there are three other annexations benefiting Lowell:
    April 1, 1879- Part of Dracut annexed
    March 14, 1955 and August 4, 1955- Part of Chelmsford annexed.
    I surmise these aren’t listed in the previous entry because they didn’t include any streets existing at that time. I believe the 1955 annexations were for the portion of Lowell extending into Chelmsford along the Lowell Connector down to Rt. 495.

    Sincerely,
    J. Dan Bremser, PLS, Branch Manager (Lakeville)
    HANCOCK ASSOCIATES
    Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors & Environmental Consultants
    Danvers, Marlborough & Lakeville, MA; Salem NH

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