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Item 74518

Title: General Electric Type I electric meter, 1913

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1913

Media: Metal, glass

Item 74517

Title: Westinghouse Round-type electric meter, 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1904

Media: Metal, glass

Item 74520

Title: Prepay electric meter, 1907

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1907

Media: M

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Item 68577

Address: Cushing's Island Hotel & Realty Company property, Cushing's Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Cushing's Island Hotel & Realty Company

Use: Electric Building

Item 78307

Address: 29-33 Union Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Cumberland County Power & Light Company

Use: Electric Building

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Reddy Kilowatt lapel pin, ca. 1955

Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.


Casco Castle, South Freeport, ca. 1910

The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.


Maine Yankee, Wiscasset, 1987

Nuclear Energy for Maine?

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset generated electricity from 1972 until 1996. Activists concerned about the plant's safety led three unsuccessful referendum campaigns in the 1980s to shut it down.