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Historical Items

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Item 51427

Tugboat on Saco River, 1923

Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum Date: 1923-01-08 Location: Saco Media: Photographic print

Item 51426

Ships in Saco River, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum Date: circa 1890 Location: Saco Media: Photographic print

Item 104627

Decking over Saco River Bridge on Maine Turnpike, Saco, 1947

Contributed by: Maine Turnpike Authority Date: 1947-11-25 Location: Saco Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

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.

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Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

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.

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Away at School: Letters Home

Young men and women in the 19th century often went away from home -- sometimes for a few months, sometimes for longer periods -- to attend academies, seminaries, or schools run by individuals. While there, they wrote letters home, reporting on boarding arrangements and coursework undertaken, and inquired about the family at home.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 8 of 17

1894McArthur Public Library As more businesses and industries were using the local water ways advantageously, nearly 17 sawmills were erected in…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 5 of 17

at Saco & Biddeford, 1848Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum The cotton textile manufacturing industry became very significant in Biddeford once the…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 1 of 17

1870McArthur Public Library By Paige S. Pandora University of Southern Maine Biddeford and Saco were up-and-coming areas when the Civil War struck.