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Historical Items

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Item 102042

Saco and Pettee Machine Shops order acknowledgement, Biddeford, 1908

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1908-02-14 Location: Biddeford; Brunswick Media: Postcard

Item 102045

Saco-Lowell Shops addition, Biddeford, 1920

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

Item 102019

Saco and Pettee machine shops Counting House, Biddeford, ca. 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1910 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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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.