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Historical Items

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Item 8413

Driving crew, Pleasant River

Contributed by: Patten Lumbermen's Museum Date: circa 1900 Media: Photographic print

Item 34358

Log Drive, Androscoggin River, Turner, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Turner Museum and Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Turner Media: Photographic print

Item 31389

Sorting gap, North Lincoln, 1910

Contributed by: Lincoln Historical Society Date: 1910 Location: Lincoln Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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High Water

Melting snow, ice, warmer temperatures, and rain sometimes bring floods to Maine's many rivers and streams. Floods are most frequent in the spring, but can occur at any season.

Exhibit

The Swinging Bridge: Walking Across the Androscoggin

Built in 1892 to entice workers at the Cabot Manufacturing Corporation in Brunswick to move to newly built housing in Topsham, the Androscoggin Pedestrian "Swinging" Bridge or Le Petit Pont quickly became important to many people traveling between the two communities.

Exhibit

Gunpowder for the Civil War

The gunpowder mills at Gambo Falls in Windham and Gorham produced about a quarter of the gunpowder used by Union forces during the Civil War. The complex contained as many as 50 buildings.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Skowhegan Community History - Kennebec River Log Drive

Kennebec River Log Drive by Michael Hoy Log driving began in Maine on the Saco river in the 18th century.

Site Page

Life on a Tidal River - Narrative

The great spring river drives down the Penobscot brought the lumber to mills lining the river's shore where it was made ready for market.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor: Lumber Capital of the World

First the trees had to be cut, then taken to the river. From there, the river drivers guided the logs to Bangor and boom operators sorted the logs.

My Maine Stories

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Story

I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam

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Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.