Keywords: Mill Street
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1917–1946 Location: Portland Client: Burnham and Morrill Co. Architect: John Howard Stevens; John Howard Stevens and John Calvin Stevens II Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1880 Location: Westbrook; Westbrook Client: Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Architect: Fassett & Stevens Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1922–1925 Location: Biddeford Client: Lena G. McArthur Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.
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.
Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.
A historic mill museum dedicated to creating exhibits that will educate the community and highlight mill history; as a research collection to assist the public in locating information on the mill's buildings, history and employees; and to ensure the story of Biddeford's economic and industrial revolution remains relevant and accessible to diverse audiences.