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Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.
Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave grants for 20 libraries in Maine between 1897 and 1912, specifying that the town own the land, set aside funds for maintenance, have room to expand -- and offer library services at no charge.
Over time, Oxford County gained recognition as one of the most mineralogically active areas on earth and came to be known for its mica, precious…
… new homes, better roads, and increased travel—made Swan’s Island a profitable enough location to gain a steamboat connection. Next page