Keywords: Light Station
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1878–1907 Location: Lewiston Client: Lewiston Water Works Architect: George M. Coombs; Stevens and Coombs Architects
As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.
Like many towns, Bethel responded to the Civil War by sending many soldiers and those at the homefront sent aid and supported families. The town grew during the war, but suffered after its end.
The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.
This clerk has a phone. A light bulb extends from the high ceiling. Map of Eastern United States on facing wall.