Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918–1944 Location: Portland; Farmington; Livermore Falls Client: Burnham and Morrill Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1912 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Client: Bates Street Shirt Co. Architect: Coombs Brothers Architects
Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.
One of the most successful factories was called the Johnson Brothers Shoe Factory. Though it was a very productive factory, all good things come to a…