Paper mill, Topsham, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


Great Bowdoin Mill Island was viewed from Barron Hill, between Winter and Summer Streets in Topsham.

The two-story tower identified the paper mill, which was later the Pejepscot Paper Company. Built in 1868, the mill on the Androscoggin River was the first pulp paper factory in Maine and arguably the first in America. It first operated as the Topsham Paper Mill. In 1874 it was sold to the Bowdoin Paper Manufacturing Company, which once operated up to ten mills in Maine.

This building was once listed as the most endangered historic structure in Maine. The mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1974. A fire took out the building closest to Main Street; the remaining buildings were restored for mixed-use commercial property.

Visible to the far right was the iron bridge that spanned the Androscoggin River between Topsham and Brunswick from 1877 to 1935. It connected directly through the mill. The road was moved in 1935 with the construction of the Frank J. Wood Bridge.

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About This Item

  • Title: Paper mill, Topsham, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Topsham, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2008.19.115990
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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