Lowell Area Ghost Towns

Historical Museum DisplayMany people think ghost towns are places where spirits live and meet to plan unearthly deeds. Well, okay, maybe only a few people think this. Or perhaps it’s just me. In reality, however, ghost towns are not testaments to the spirit world, but rather monuments to real people. The places where they once lived, worked, and dreamed. They give us a fascinating peek into history and allow us to explore a way of life long past.

There are various reasons why a once-thriving community can become a “ghost town.” In the old days, many founding fathers designed their towns to intercept the railroad, which was spreading across the country, bringing prosperity with it. Often, however, the railroad would, for one reason or another, bypass a hopeful village, thereby dooming it to obscurity. Other towns suffered when their population moved to other areas. Still more failed as railroad’s golden age waned. Whatever the reason, today’s traveler can visit many of these locations and, walking the same streets and seeing the same sights as the town’s early inhabitants, get a sense of the past.

At the Englehardt branch of Kent District Library, the Lowell Area Historical Museum has set up a special display giving a short history of several area ghost towns: Fallasburg, Waterville, Moseley, and South Boston to name a few. With the display, which is both visually appealing and educational, the Historical Museum allows students of history and the casual passer-by to glimpse the glory of a bygone era.

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Written by Craig

I am a Circulation Assistant at the Lowell branch of Kent District Library. My job is to make a patron’s visit to the library circulation desk fun, easy, and informative. In other words, “circuliscious.”

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2 Responses to “Lowell Area Ghost Towns”

  1. Lynda Austin Says:

    Nice job Craig . . . like the photo-did you cut out the background so the display can “float” on the page? Very nice! L

  2. Craig Hart Says:

    Yeah, I cut out the background. Even more Photoshoppery was in order, though, because as you know, there is furniture surrounding the display. So I had to cut that out, too. The only problem was that one of the big chairs was covering a portion of the right side of the display. Two options: move the chair or manipulate the image. Again, as you know, I’m far too lazy to physically move the chair, so I split the image into two halves, deleted the right portion, duplicated the left, then “skewed” and darkened it to add to the 3D effect.