The Tannery, New Limerick, ca. 1895

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The Tannery, New Limerick, ca. 1895

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C. Shaw and Willis Shaw, two brothers from Dexter, first built a saw mill in New Limerick so they had the materials to build their tannery. The plant was finished in the spring of 1875.

Around the Tannery a small community grew including a boarding home for employees. The plant produced 750 to 1000 tons of finished leather annually, and in 1896 they added a spur track to the plant by the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. The plant used tons of Hemlock bark annually in the tanning process.

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  • Title: The Tannery, New Limerick, ca. 1895
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Locations:
    • New Limerick, Aroostook County, ME
    • Dexter, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Large Format Negative
  • Dimensions: 17.1 cm x 23.5 cm
  • Collection: Frank Dunn Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730

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