Contributed by Portland Water District
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
In the early 1900s, E. I. Dupont de Nemours Company operated a saw mill in Smith's Mills, Standish, in which packing boxes for munitions were made and shipped by rail to Delaware.
Because the mill employed a large number of people, especially during World War I, Smith's Mills grew to the size of a small town complete with schoolhouse, hotel, and community center that also served as the town's movie theater.
When Dupont stopped production and offered the sale of its saw mill complex to the the Portland Water District, the District opted to buy because of the proximity to the Sebago Lake Intake.
By 1923, the mill area and town were owned by the District and the buildings were sold and moved or razed, and the entire area was reforested to protect the Lake's watershed.
About This Item
- Title: Smith's Mills village street, east side, Standish, 1923
- Creator: Portland Water District
- Creation Date: 1923-08-18
- Subject Date: 1923-08-18
- Location: Standish, Cumberland County, ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 9 cm x 11.5 cm
- Local Code: 2-PA-1923-003
- Collection: Small Photos
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Portland Water District (Me.)
- Sebago Lake (Me.)
- Smiths Mills (Standish, Me.)
- Weapons industry--Maine--Standish
For more information about this item, contact:Portland Water District
225 Douglass St., Portland, ME 04104
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. No Permission is required to use the low-resolution watermarked image for educational use, or as allowed by the applicable copyright. For all other uses, permission is required.
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.