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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1914
Location: Grand Lake Stream
Contributed by: Boston Public Library
Date: circa 1938
Location: Boothbay Harbor
Media: Linen texture postcard
Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.
During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
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… to the early 1890s acquired 1,500 acres for the grand total of $60,000. According to a very early survey of Islesboro, most of this southern land…
Online Items Hotel Strong, with Forster Toothpick Mill beyond, Strong, ca. 1905 Item 65514 infoStrong Historical Society The Hotel Strong…
Online Items Hotel Strong, Lower Main Street, Strong, ca. 1902 Item 57415 infoStrong Historical Society Hotel Strong on lower Main Street…