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Canal Excavation, Lewiston, ca. 1845

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Workers excavating the canals that would go on to power Lewiston's golden age of industry. The construction of the canal was conducted under the auspices of the Lewiston Water Power Company. It was financed by Massachusetts investors, who were seeking to duplicate the success of cities like Lowell. The canal would provide the energy necessary to power the many textile mills which led Lewiston to become Maine's industrial center.

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