Contributed by Windham Historical Society
This tin container was used to hold gunpowder, produced at the Oriental Powder Mills in Windham. The Mills, which sat along the Presumpscot River, produced 25 percent of the gunpowder during the Civil War and was in business into the early 20th century. The company drew employees from both the Windham and Gorham communities.
The container was found in June 2009 in the foundation of one of the former mill buildings.
About This Item
- Title: Oriental Powder Mills gunpowder flask, Windham, ca. 1900
- Creator: Oriental Powder Company
- Creation Date: circa 1900
- Subject Date: circa 1900
- Town: Gorham, Windham
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Tin
- Dimensions: 14 cm x 9.5 cm x 2.5 cm
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies
- Military supplies
- Oriental Powder Mills
- Powder mills--Maine--Windham
- Gambo Powder Mill
- Presumpscot River (Me.)
- United States. Army--Equipment
- United States. Army--Supplies and stores
For more information about this item, contact:Windham Historical Society
234 Windham Center Road, Windham, ME 04062
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