Railroads (Lawrence, MA)

In 1848 Boston and Maine rerouted their depot location between Andover and North Andover to a site in South Lawrence.  The first train to pass over the bridge to North Lawrence was on February 28th.  The Lawrence and Lowell route opened in July; Lawrence to Salem (MA) in September; and Manchester to Lawrence the next year.  Lawrence was a hub for rail transportation in the the northeast.  The first train station was in South Lawrence just off Broadway.  There were later train stations near Broadway and Essex Street and one under the Opera House on Essex Street.  The 1930s saw the art deco station at the corner of Merrimack and Parker and finally the new McGovern Transportation Center at Merrimack and Union Streets.

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