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Item 74518

General Electric Type I electric meter, 1913

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1913

Media: Metal, glass

Item 74517

Westinghouse Round-type electric meter, 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1904

Media: Metal, glass

Item 74520

Prepay electric meter, 1907

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1907

Media: M

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Item 68577

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

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.

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After the Theatre, Riverton Park, ca. 1905

History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

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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.

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Electric generator delivery, Presque Isle, 1959

Presque Isle: The Star City - Electric generator delivery, Presque Isle, 1959

The Aroostook Trust Company building in the background is at the corner of Main Street and Chapman Road, Presque Isle.

Site Page

Wire Mill, Hallowell, ca. 1880

Historic Hallowell - Kennebec Wire Company

The electricity had a major impact in daily life in historic Hallowell. Before electricity, people had to do everything by candlelight: reading…

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Cyclone, Cotton Mill, Hallowell, 1895

Historic Hallowell - The Opening & Closing of Hallowell's Shoe Companies

In 1935, it was Hy-style Shoe Company. From 1940 to 1962, The Hallowell Shoe Company was run by Samuel Kleven.