Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.
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.
… This view of Main Street shows the variety of retail businesses that defined downtown Bangor including Freese’s Department Store, Farrar Furniture…
… sail loft, boot and shoe factory, clothing factory, and now houses the Prison Showroom, a retail outlet for products manufactured by prisoners.
During the 1940s the building housed a variety of retail businesses including Carroll Perfumer, Jake's Clothing Company, Progressive Business…