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Contributed by: Sanford Historical Committee
Date: circa 1897
Media: Glass Negative
Title: York Factories, Saco, 1830
Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Media: Engraving; ink on paper
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Owner in 1924: Thomas P. Beals Furniture Co.
Use: Factory - Furniture
Owner in 1924: The Oxweld Railroad Service Company
Use: Factory - Gas Production
Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.