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Item 74465

Union Falls, Saco River, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1910

Location: Dayton

Media: Photographic print

Item 81539

Portland Water District Union Station Spa, Portland, 1951

Contributed by: Portland Water District

Date: 1951-06-25

Location: Portland

Media: Photographic print

Item 23096

Dam at Union River, Ellsworth Falls, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Ellsworth Public Library

Date: circa 1920

Location: Ellsworth

Media: Photographic print

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Pulp pile, St. Croix Paper Co., Woodland, ca. 1910

Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper. 


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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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Oriental Powder Mills gunpowder keg, Gorham and Windham, ca. 1860

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.

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Copy of Surry and Ellsworth map, ca. 1880

Surry by the Bay - Early Settlement

… Border Dispute Originally, Surry extended to the Union River and north to Ellsworth Falls. On an early settler map of the area, this section was…

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Opera Company's Tenth Anniversary festival schedule, Surry, 1994

Surry by the Bay - Surry Opera Company

… in its original Russian one day in the Soviet Union to help “sow the seeds of harmony” between rival countries.

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MMN Image 71336

Surry by the Bay - History of Surry

… to be allowed to settle between the Penobscot and Union Rivers. The petition met the King's approval, so on March 2, 1762 the petitioners were…

My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 12 View All


Being a woman Union member was a challenge in the paper mill

by Cindy Bennett

I worked in the paper mills and for the Union during the 1987 strike.


I work as a Journeyman Mechanic, or Millwright at Catalyst

by Linda Deane

Working on a paper machine and as a Millwright can be challenging as a woman and a Union Rep.


I feel like there will always be a need for Paper

by Patricia Richards

The Paper Industry is very important to people in the Jay, Livermore Falls, and Rumford areas.