The Francis Gate by night December 1, 2010 by DickH Posted in Lowell 1 Comment More views of the Francis Gate by Tony Sampas. One Response to The Francis Gate by night Steve says: December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm Great photos. Reminds me of when my son was about five or six years old we took the Pawtucket canal tour and ended up inside the Francis Gate House. The tour guide told us all about the weight of the enormous gate, its design, how it was called “Francis’ Folly” and yet saved the downtown in 1936. Finally she said, “Any questions?” My son raises his hand. “Yes young man?” “Why are we here?” A question we’ve all asked ourselves from time to time.