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.
Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.
Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.
… known as Little Canada, which was close to the textile mills that employed so many at the time. Cohen learned both Hebrew and Yiddish (which…
… and Saco have long been a center for lumbering, textiles and shipbuilding. Behind the industrial background of these two cities lays a history of…
From "Romance of Pepperell" (1921) X The textile manufacture industry, however, was the largest employer and the heart of the local economy.