Lowell, a historic industrial city, owes its life to the broad Merrimack River. Renowned for its water-powered textile mills, it was also a city rich in natural beauty, where spiritual and cultural values took root. Postcards from the 1890s to the 1940s bear witness to riverscapes, varied waterways, arched bridges, and green parks. Vintage cards depict grand churches and stately mansions, some now altered or gone, and rare interior views. Informative text accompanies the images of yellowbricked colleges, pastoral neighboring environs, dignified cemeteries, and imposing monuments, such as the captivating Lion Monument.