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Contributed by: Sanford Historical Committee
Date: circa 1905
Media: Print from Glass Negative
Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society
Date: circa 1880
Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.
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.