Bridge, Baring, ca. 1930

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Baring bridge may well have been the first international bridge in Maine. It was certainly the first bridge over the St. Croix River and connected the mills in Baring with those in Upper Mills, Canada.

Histories differ but the first bridge between these two communities, a rude affair, was constructed about 1804.

Over the next 150 years both communities prospered and became a single community, sharing churches, fraternal and social organizations. Marriages across the national border were common.

In 1948, when the U.S. Government closed the bridge, both communities were devastated. The closing was especially difficult for Upper Mills, which lost its only direct connection with a major highway.

In the background of the photo are the Chase Mills in Baring.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bridge, Baring, ca. 1930
  • Creation Date: circa 1930
  • Subject Date: circa 1930
  • Town: Baring
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.104087
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Object Type: Image

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Penobscot Marine Museum
PO Box 498, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-2529

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