U.S. Customs and Post Office construction, Lubec, ca. 1963

Contributed by Lubec Historical Society


Once the new international bridge connecting Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick was opened for use, construction began on a new brick building to house the Post Office and U.S. Customs. Note the trailer visible on the right, temporary housing for Customs officers.
Meanwhile on December 21 the Canadian Finance Minister ordered`the bridge closed during overnight hours. According to a newspaper clipping, apparently the Bangor Daily News in June 1963, the act generated “some of the strongest and most effective protest movements yet registered on the local scene.” An undated Association Press report states that “a series of post-midnight protest drives across the bridge were called off after two nights when the U. S. Customs and Immigration office was closed.” Eventually the problem was resolved and the bridge has been open 24/7 ever since.

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  • Title: U.S. Customs and Post Office construction, Lubec, ca. 1963
  • Creation Date: circa 1963
  • Subject Date: circa 1963
  • Location: Lubec, Washington County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 7.4 cm x 9.7 cm
  • Local Code: Bridge 36
  • Collection: Bernard Ross
  • Object Type: Image

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Lubec Historical Society
135 Main Street, Lubec, ME 04652

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