Keywords: refrigerator cars
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Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society
Date: circa 1910
Location: Presque Isle
Contributed by: Oakfield Historical Society
Date: circa 1959
Media: Photographic print
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.
Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.
Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.
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… were used to cool Bangor and Aroostook Railroad refrigerator cars for shipping potatoes. Cement blocks were manufactured in the small building on…
The advancement in refrigerated cars made the export of meat possible as well as improved the condition of eggs and fruit.
… dependent on our music, and our television, our refrigerators, and our showers, and our washing machines.