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Historical Items

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Item 28389

Laying water main, Lubec, 1941

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1941 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Item 58320

Laying the new water main, Strong, ca. 1921

Contributed by: Strong Historical Society Date: circa 1921 Location: Strong Media: Photographic print

Item 81554

Portland Water District Casco Street Office, Portland, 1964

Contributed by: Portland Water District Date: circa 1964 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print


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Princeton: Woods and Water Built This Town

Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.


Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.


Gunpowder for the Civil War

The gunpowder mills at Gambo Falls in Windham and Gorham produced about a quarter of the gunpowder used by Union forces during the Civil War. The complex contained as many as 50 buildings.

Site Pages

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Portland Water District

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Draining Baird's Quarry

They have already drained many feet of water down already. Usually the water is nearly level with the parking lot and trucks seen above.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - The Tea Room

There are still two cisterns in the cellar that were the water supply, and Clevie's original workbench still stands out back.

My Maine Stories

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Hand carrying water in Marshfield
by Dorothy Gardner

Ways of getting water in rural Maine. From fetching water from a stream to having a well.


A Story in a Stick
by Jim Moulton

A story about dowsing for a well in Bowdoin


Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.