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Historical Items

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Item 31894

Incorporation of the Saco Water Power Machine Company, 1837

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1837-03-24 Location: Biddeford; Saco Media: Ink on paper

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Item 74465

Union Falls, Saco River, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Dayton Media: Photographic print

Item 102045

Saco-Lowell Shops addition, Biddeford, 1920

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1920 Location: Biddeford Media: Postcard

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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Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - V. A Cascade of Booms & Busts (1790-1865) - Page 2 of 3

Both men had hands in the Saco Water Power Company as well, the real estate and machinery arm of the venture.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - V. A Cascade of Booms & Busts (1790-1865) - Page 1 of 3

Incorporation of the Saco Water Power Machine Company, 1837Item Contributed byMcArthur Public Library Matthew Cobb was the principal merchant in…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 4 of 4

… would not fish any of the islands found at the Saco River entrance, for these were the grounds of Saco (Camp Ellis) fishermen.