Keywords: water power
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Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society
Date: circa 1905
Media: Print from Glass Negative
Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society
Date: circa 1880
Media: Photographic print
Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset generated electricity from 1972 until 1996. Activists concerned about the plant's safety led three unsuccessful referendum campaigns in the 1980s to shut it down.
In 1893, F.C. Whitehouse of Topsham, who owned paper mills in Topsham and Lisbon Falls, began construction of a third mill on the eastern banks of the Androscoggin River five miles north of Topsham. First, he had to build a dam to harness the river's power.
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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… was 65 feet long, had a beam of 27 feet, and was powered by a 160 horsepower diesel engine. The ferry was built and maintained with town funding in…
But the dory, following, lost power. The Callahan boat operator slacked off the engine and a worker threw a rope, which became entangled in the…
… reliable, consistent and cheapest kind of water power.” George Comstock established the first mill at Mill Creek.