Baskahegan Co. Mill, Danforth, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


This photo is taken from up above the Baskahegan Stream in Danforth. Note the logs held in place by the booms.

On the left is the long lumber mill, and to its right is the box mill. The corner of the gristmill is just visible on the far right.

Everyone laughed at Obed Foss for keeping his oxen, but they showed their strength when they raised the smokestack for the steam mill when horses couldn’t do it. With the production of steam, the mills could run in the coldest weather.

After many years of trying to attract the establishment of a gristmill with the promise of no taxes for 10 years, one was finally built in the 1870s. Constructed underneath a sawmill at the falls, it was owned by the firm of Dodge and Goodwin. After the two dissolved their business arrangement, Dodge built a gristmill on the east side of the dam; Goodwin Brothers’ mill was on the west side.

The gristmill served local farmers from as far away as Topsfield and also ground a large amount of corn shipped direct from the West at a low rate of freight. It stood until the flood of 1923.

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  • Title: Baskahegan Co. Mill, Danforth, ca. 1915
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: Danforth, Washington County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.105177
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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