Paul Marion

Yankee Magazine

Timeline of Lowell History

c. 1600: Passaconaway, a Pennacook chief living at Pawtucket Falls, emerges as leader of the Merrimack Valley’s native peoples. 1635: English settlers move into the valley. 1652: The area called Wamesit, between the Merrimack and Concord rivers, is declared Indian territory. 1655: Chelmsford is chartered on the Merrimack River, on land that is now Lowell. […]