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Union Falls, Saco River, ca. 1910

Union Falls, Saco River, ca. 1910

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Maine Historical Society

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.

Maine's major rivers ā€“ the Penobscot, Androscoggin, Kennebec, and Saco ā€“ along with hundreds of smaller onesā€“ provided falls and rapids, which, along with dams, could help the settlers capitalize on timber and other natural resources.


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