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Item 12258

Runnel's Dam in Caribou, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Item 22842

Building the new dam above the Old Falls, Sanford, 1906

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: 1906 Location: Sanford Media: Print from glass negative

Item 12274

Salmon Jumping at Caribou Dam, c. 1900

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 87452

Dam property, West Side Leavitt Street, Long Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Albertina M. Dam Use: Summer Dwelling


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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.


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.


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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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

1910 Item 57626 infoStrong Historical Society This dam behind the mill operated by William I. Smith (1867-1934) provided a pond to float logs to…

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Historic Hallowell - The Vaughan Stream & Sawmills

Some were powered by dams like the Wire Mill Dam. The dams worked like this. First, the water behind the dam flew through a pipe connected to a…

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Western Maine Foothills Region - Mt. Zircon Reservoir - Page 2 of 3

thick) sit on solid ledge. The dam is 842 ft. above sea level, making it one of the three highest dams in Maine. It is 847 ft. long; is 57 ft.

My Maine Stories

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Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation


Stories from Eastport
by Ruth McInnis

My memories of growing up in Eastport, WWII, camping, and history on the border


Norcross Deer Hunting
by Albert Fowler

How hunting has impacted my life