There’s a new blog in town – Room 50 which has “alive, unique and inspiring tales from the Office of the Mayor, Lowell, Massachusetts.” The inaugural post, written by first-day-on-the-job mayoral aide, Jennifer Myers, tells the tale of Dr. Moses Greeley Parker, not for his accomplishments in the field of medicine, which were considerable, but for his world-changing invention – The Telephone Number. That’s right, the telephone number was invented right here in Lowell, Massachusetts. Don’t believe it? Well read the post and you’ll be a convert.
Dr. Parker is buried in Lowell Cemetery and his mausoleum is on our cemetery tours (dates and times of this fall’s tours will be announced soon). While I’ve told the tale of the telephone number on the tour, Jen’s post has considerably more detail which I’ll be incorporating into my future tours (so thanks for that research assist). Below is Dr. Parker’s final resting place: