Keywords: Androscoggin River
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1930 Location: Rumford; Rumford Client: Town of Rumford Architect: Coombs and Harriman
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1896–1897 Location: Auburn Client: Barker Mill Co. Architect: Coombs, Gibbs, and Wilkinson Architects
Walter Wyman's vision to capture the power of Maine's rivers to produce electricity led to the formation of Central Maine Power Co. and to a struggle within the state over what should happen to the power produced by the state's natural resources.
Built in 1892 to entice workers at the Cabot Manufacturing Corporation in Brunswick to move to newly built housing in Topsham, the Androscoggin Pedestrian "Swinging" Bridge or Le Petit Pont quickly became important to many people traveling between the two communities.
In 1893, F.C. Whitehouse of Topsham, who owned paper mills in Topsham and Lisbon Falls, began construction of a third mill on the eastern banks of the Androscoggin River five miles north of Topsham. First, he had to build a dam to harness the river's power.
This connected with the Androscoggin and Kennebec that went from Danville Junction to Waterville. A rail way was now open for the first time from…