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On the Road in Jack Kerouac’s Hometown

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Last summer, as part of a longer circuit of New England and Québec, my girlfriend and I decided to spend a couple days in Lowell, Massachusetts, a riparian city of just over 100,000 north of Boston. Home to numerous textile mills, some dating back to the 1820s, Lowell is known chiefly as beleaguered emblem of the American Industrial Revolution. However, what brought us to Lowell—along with many...