Commercial Street, Bath, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Commercial Street was a very busy area of Bath in 1910. Because the Maine Central Railroad track ran to the end of the street, manufacturers and businesses could efficiently load and unload goods for delivery and shipment.

Two men stand outside the Torrey Roller Bushing Works, manufacturers of Kennebec gasoline engines, brass and iron castings, machinery name plates, roller bushings, gipsy winches, port lights, and other marine hardware. Initially a foundry and machine shop, about 1904 it began manufacturing two-cycle marine engines, which were popular with fishermen. It stopped building engines in 1914 to focus on products for World War I but made marine fittings and fixtures until 1962.

The adjacent brick building was the Hartleb and Cheltra Bottling Plant, in operation from the 1890s until early in the 20th century. It housed the Crystal Spring Bottling Company, which produced ginger ale, mineral water, Uno beer, and other beverages.

The automobile garage beyond as well as the other wood building from 52 to 62 Commercial Street have been torn down.

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About This Item

  • Title: Commercial Street, Bath, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Town: Bath
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.112929
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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