Ghost town, Davidson, ca. 1908

Courtesy of Henry Gartley, an individual partner

Ghost town, Davidson, ca. 1908

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Davidson was once a thriving community west of Stacyville.

To far left the large white building is the clothespin factory with the boiler-room attached. It employed many local men and women. The tall cone-shaped object was a waste burner with the sawmill to the far right.

If one looks carefully in the background many homes can be seen.

The town boasted a B&A Railway station, post office, general store, blacksmith, church, homes, streets, two boarding homes--one for men and one for women, a town hall, a building for movies and dances, a dairy, and wooden sidewalks.

Ora Gilpatrick a successful businessman and president of a bank in Houlton founded Davidson in 1901. Gilpatrick owned the entire township. He was born in Danforth and grew up learning the woods and lumbering business from his father.

In 1929 the town was sold and by the 1930s it started to fade away. Any road that went to Davidson has grown over or is blocked off leaving access difficult, if not impossible. Many buildings burned with only foundations and metal scrap left to remember this once booming community.

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  • Title: Ghost town, Davidson, ca. 1908
  • Creation Date: circa 1908
  • Subject Date: circa 1908
  • Locations:
    • Davidson, Aroostook County, ME
    • Davidson, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8.9 cm x 14 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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