Keywords: River crossings
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Date: 1846 Location: Bangor; Brewer; Ellsworth Media: Ink and watercolor on paper
Contributed by: Oakfield Historical Society Date: circa 1990 Location: Presque Isle Media: Photographic print
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.
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.
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.
Old Bill, gundalow crossing Penobscot River, Bangor, 1846 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John…
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Train Crossing the Aroostook River Bridge, Presque Isle, c. 1990 Contributed by Oakfield Historical Society…