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Historical Items

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Item 16817

Power Station, Springvale, ca 1905

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Springvale Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 22723

Electric Power Station, Androscoggin River, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: circa 1880 Location: Brunswick Media: Photographic print

Item 33662

Tidal power project dam map, Lubec, 1980

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1980 Location: Lubec Media: Map, ink on paper


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Nuclear Energy for Maine?

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset generated electricity from 1972 until 1996. Activists concerned about the plant's safety led three unsuccessful referendum campaigns in the 1980s to shut it down.


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.


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.

Site Pages

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Water Transportation

… was 65 feet long, had a beam of 27 feet, and was powered by a 160 horsepower diesel engine. The ferry was built and maintained with town funding in…

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Lubec, Maine - Building the Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - Page 1 of 3

But the dory, following, lost power. The Callahan boat operator slacked off the engine and a worker threw a rope, which became entangled in the…

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec History

… reliable, consistent and cheapest kind of water power.” George Comstock established the first mill at Mill Creek.

My Maine Stories

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Wampum Belts
by Donald Soctomah

My great grandfather was a wampum keeper


What Maine Means to Me
by Nicolette B. Meister

How a friendship created a lifelong love of Maine.


The gift of a necklace
by Parivash Rohani

When I was born my grandmother gave me a part of a Baha’i prayer for protection.