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Historical Items

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Item 13316

Morgan steam engine plans, ca. 1838

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1838 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 10446

Wreck of Bangor and Aroostook steam engines. Squ Pan, 1945

Contributed by: Oakfield Historical Society Date: 1945-04-04 Location: Squa Pan Media: Photographic print

Item 5939

The Geo. J. Magee steam locomotive, 1875

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1875 Media: Albumen print

Online Exhibits

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Student Exhibit: Somerset Railroad

The Somerset Railroad was completed in 1872. It started out as a dream to link the Maine Coast with Canadian businesses to the north. It ran from the North Woods around Moosehead Lake down to Southern Maine and back again for 56 years.


Powering Pejepscot Paper Co.

In 1893, F.C. Whitehouse of Topsham, who owned paper mills in Topsham and Lisbon Falls, began construction of a third mill on the eastern banks of the Androscoggin River five miles north of Topsham. First, he had to build a dam to harness the river's power.


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.

Site Pages

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Lubec, Maine - S.S. Cumberland: Steamer Brought Passengers and Prosperity to Lubec but Met Tragic End

The boilers exploded, filling the ship with steam. Within 15 minutes the Larchmont sank taking most of her passengers to their deaths.

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Lubec, Maine - The Lighthouse at West Quoddy Head

Dual Steam WhistlesWest Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association By 1887 an enlarged building housed machinery for two whistles.

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Lubec, Maine - Timeline

Operated by tidal power; later by steam 1850 • Census – population 3,000 • Three post offices – Lubec, W. Lubec, N.