Keywords: Power plants
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.
In 1893, F.C. Whitehouse of Topsham, who owned paper mills in Topsham and Lisbon Falls, began construction of a third mill on the eastern banks of the Androscoggin River five miles north of Topsham. First, he had to build a dam to harness the river's power.
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.
… had – had a ride in a car propeled by no visible power." His description and the illustration are on page 28 of a scrapbook he wrote in 1888-1889.
… probably powered by the sprayer wheels.The potato plants appear to be in blossom, so the photograph was taken sometime in late July, ca. 1920.
… needed to come to an end, and the power plant was sold to the Central Maine Power Company, which took over maintenance of the plant and supplied…