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The First Railroads in Maine

The wood block print to the left is from 1836, and depicts what the artist called the Veazie Railroad, or the Bangor, Oldtown and Milford, which was the first railroad constructed in the state of Maine. The first railroads were actually of wood rails laid on log ties, and pegged into place when needed with widen pegs. Later, the wood rails would be replaced with iron strapping, then bars, and finally the t shaped rails we see today.

Initially, horses pulled the rail cars, which were actually stagecoaches and wagons fitted up with special wheels that were grooved or shaped somehow to engage the rails in use. After the early 1800’s, steam engines, having proved successful in other enterprises such as steam boating, began to be built for these railroads.

Today, much of Maine’s history would have been quite different if these railroads had not been constructed. Much of our sporting and early tourist heritage would never had been birthed if it were not for the railroads ability to carry passengers and freight to the out in the boonies sporting camps and hotels.

Aroostook’s potato industry would not have been possible without the railroads freight capabilities to haul the annual harvest to points out of state. Railroads are just another part of who we are, and as such we should take the effort to learn more about this part of Maine history, and if you have the opportunity, please visit some of the railroad museums and displays and think about volunteering at one of the many non-profit societies working to preserve this part of Maine’s heritage.

Early Railroads in the state of Maine

[From History of the Railroads & Canals of the US of A, Henry V. Poor, pub 1860


Androscoggin and Kennebec.
Atlantic and St. Lawrence.
Bangor, Oldtown and Milford.
Calais and Baring.
European and North American.
Great Falls and South Berwick.
Kennebec and Portland.

Lewey’s Island.
Maciiiasport Or Franklin.

Penobscot and Kennebec.
Portland and Oxford Central.
Portland, Saco and Portsmouth.
Somerset and Kennebec.
York and Cumberland.

The first railroad constructed in the State of Maine was the Bangor, Oldtown and Milford, under the title of the Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad and Canal Company, chartered on the 8th of February, 1833. It was opened in the latter part of 1836. It has proved unproductive, in part from the unfortunate location of its line.

The road next constructed was the Portland, Saco and Portsmouth, as a prolongation of the Eastern and the Boston and Maine Railroads of Massachusetts. The means for the construction of the same were furnished chiefly by parties connected with these Companies, to which it was leased on the 28th of April, 1847, for a term of 90 years, with a guarantee of dividends at the rate of per cent, per annum. These, however, have been earned by the road.

The third road undertaken was the Atlantic and St. Lawrence, and was the first attempt at anything like a railroad system for the State, having for its object the development of its resources and the centralization of its trade and that of the interior at its chief commercial city. It was constructed with a view of uniting with the St. Lawrence and Atlantic of Canada commenced at the same time—the two to form one line between the Atlantic Ocean and the River St. Lawrence. It now forms a part of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada, to which it is leased at the rate of 6 percent, per annum on its capital. Since the date of the lease the Grand Trunk Company has expended in construction about $1,500,000. This enterprise led to the immediate commencement of the Androscoggin and Kennebec, the Kennebec and Portland, and the Buckfield Branch. The Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad was commenced in July, 1847, and completed in November, 1849. For several years past this road has been united with the Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad, both of which are operated as one line. Its earnings have been sufficient to meet the interest on its indebtedness, but not to divide anything on its share capital.

The construction of the Kennebec and Portland Railroad was commenced in 1847, and finally opened to Augusta early in 1852. It commenced at the point of junction with the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad, but as it adopted a different gauge, the construction of a new road into Portland, a distance of 11 miles, became necessary. This was constructed in 1850-1, The road was necessarily expensive, and the Company for several years past has only been able to meet the interest on its first mortgage amounting to $800,000, and on the extension certificates $202,400, which are a first mortgage on that portion of road. In the season of navigation the road sufiers from the competition of a parallel water line.

The Buckfield Branch (Portland and Oxford Central) Railroad was opened in 1849, but having proved unproductive has been abandoned.

York and Cumberland was commenced in 1849, and opened to Gorham, 10i miles, in 1851, and to the Saco River, 20 miles, in 1853. It has been uniformly unfortunate and unproductive.

The Calais and Baring, a local road, was opened in 1837. Its earnings have been sufficient to meet the interest on its indebtedness, and pay 3.2 on its share capital.

The Androscoggin was opened to Livermore Falls in 1852—to its present terminus in 1859. This road has failed to pay the interest on its last class of bonds.

The Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad was commenced in 1852, and completed in 1855. This road and the Androscoggin and Kennebec are operated as one line. Its net earnings have been sufficient to meet the interest on its two first mortgages, amounting to $1,050,200.

The Great Falls and South Berwick Railroad was opened in 1854, and has proved unproductive. After being disused for some time, it has again been put in operation.

The total amount of share capital and debts of the railroad companies of the State is $17,923,612. Of the share capital, $4,297,300 receives, (with the exception of the Calais and Baring), dividends at the rate of 6 per cent. Of the total indebtedness, interest is paid at the rate of six per cent, on $7,819,718; leaving share capital to the amount of $3,188,411, and debts to the amount of $2,618,183, on which neither interest nor dividends are paid. The total amount of productive capital invested in railroads in the State is

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Chamberlain Days and Lovers leap in Bangor

It’s time for another annual Joshua Chamberlain Days event in the town of Brunswick Maine, hosted by the Pejepscot Historical Society.

Here’s the ininerary from their website, which you can find here in its entirety, as well as more on this Civil War heroe from Maine.



Thursday, August 25

7 pm – Opening Lecture – Thomas Desjardin, Chamberlain scholar

Title: “The Chamberlain You Never Knew”

Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room

Friday, August 26

11 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick

Guide: John Cross

Logistics: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St.

and Bath road, free but registration required (call 729-6606).

12 – 5 PM – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Logistics: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

2 pm – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Confederate Surgeon and Medical

Practices of the American Civil War”

Presenter: Chris Nulle (15th Alabama Company G reenactor)

Logistics: Lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum)

4 – 6 pm – General Chamberlain Reception

Host: The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick

$25 donation per person, cash bar

(tickets available through PHS and during Chamberlain Days)

6 pm – Centennial Band Concert – 19th century music

Location: Gazebo on the Brunswick Mall

Saturday, August 27

10am – 5 pm – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Location: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

10 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick.

Guide: John Cross

Location: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St. and

Bath road, free but registration required (Call 729-6606)

11 am – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Young Confederate Soldier”

Presenter: Kate Nulle

Location: lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum), free but

donations welcomed!

12 – 1:30 – Civil War Bake Sale – Hardtack, 1800’s candy, beef jerky etc.

Location: Lower Mall

1 pm – Lecture – By author Ned Smith Maine author and scholar will be presenting a talk on

“22nd Maine Infantry”

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

2 pm – Lecture – Diane M. Smith, author of Fanny and Joshua: The enigmatic

Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1999,

Thomas Publications)

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

7 – 8:30 pm – “From the Land of Spruce Gum and Buckwheat Cakes!”

A series of readings and song from Joshua Chamberlain and contemporaries

of the Civil War.

Location: Theater Project, 11 School Street, Brunswick.

Tickets: suggested $10 (on sale through PHS or during Chamberlain Days)

Sunday, August 28

9 am – Parade of Respect and Honor – Leaving from the 20th Maine Encampment on the

Brunswick Mall to Chamberlain Family gravesite in Pine Grove Cemetery.

(all welcome to join – meet on the mall at 8:45 am)

Organized by:


159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011


Please contact Interim Executive Director, John Briley, with any questions.


Lovers leap, on the Kenduskeag in Bangor Maine

It seems as though every state in the Union has a lovers leap, some have more than one, and Maine is no exception. Up in Bangor, just outside of town on the Kenduskeag is a massive, and impressive cliff known as Lovers Leap. It is situated just across the stream where William Potter built a sawmill in 1795. The tales are many as to how this spot became known as Lovers leap, and the piece by Walter Allen Rice at the end of this post is probably the best legend. But no matter how the spot came to be called lovers leap, it didn’t prevent it from becoming a famed meeting place for lovers of all ages.

Young men would carve lines of prose into the trunks of trees extolling the virtues of their loves, and here are a couple of inscriptions that had been copied for The History of Penobscot County in 1882.

Lines copied from a tree in a beautiful and romantic spot on the banks of the Kenduskeag;

Miss…Thy beauty rivals all the classic pride
Of sculptured forms that taste has deified;
Love’s earliest light plays timidly and shy
In the soft lustre of that gentle eye;
Yet have I dared, thou most enchanting maid,
To inscribe thy name within this hallowed shade:

Another Inscription copied from a tree near Lover’s Leap:
Miss …Of lovely Sophia’s eyes beware,

Mirth and mischief mingle there;

I with her have careless laugh’d,

Nor fear’d shy beauty’s dangerous shaft;

But pensive now I linger heTe,

To trace a name forever dear.

Here is a photo of Lovers leap I took while on a visit to Bangor:

A Legend ; Walter Allen Rice

It is down mid the forests of Maine,

Where Kenduskeag still flows thro’ the hills,

From the days when the Indian held reign,

Whence cometh this legend that thrills

The listener’s heart. Long ago,

When the settler first paddled this stream,

Long ‘ere the wide woods were laid low,

Or the red man awoke from his dreams;

Up circled the smoke to the sky

From a wigwam where dwelt Raven Hair;

Not a brave of the tribe but would die

For the sake of this maiden most fair,—

For the love of the chief’s only child;

Though twenty brief summers had flown,

On none of the band had she smiled,

But to all her young heart was as stone.

The chieftain oft grieved as he thought

Of his daughter so cold and so proud,

And entreated to better her lot,—

Yield her heart and her hand to White Cloud ;

But sadly she bowed the fair head,

And firmly she answered him “nay”;

For “another she’d promised,” she said,

And she turned from her father away.

“My daughter, what stranger has won

The pride of thy father’s brave band ?”

Proud the answer—”The settler—the son

Of the paleface—the brave Iron Hand.”

The fierce warriors stole forth on that night

To the vale where the villagers lay,—

But swifter than they in her flight

Raven Hair thro’ the wood sped away.

At his post her young lover she found,

In a breath all their danger she told ;

About her his strong arms he wound,

And kissed the fair cheeks strangely cold:—

“Iron Hand, for thy life thou must flee,

There is war ‘tween the red and the white;

So risk not thy welfare for me—

Forsake Raven Hair this sad night.”

“Forsake thee, my own!” and his breath

Fell hot on the dusky maid’s cheek,

“Not in life—but united in death,”

His husky voice choked nor could speak.

“By death we escape the dire hate

Of thy father and scorn of the white;

Yonder stream cannot tell of our fate,

Shall we go to the hunting-grounds bright?”

In answer her hand pressed his own,

Together they sped toward the stream,

Till they stood on the cliff high and lone,

Like a phantom—a vision—a dream;

But a moment two shadows as one

Were darkly outlined on the sky,

Then a leap through the air—it was done;

‘Twas the depth of their love e’en to die.

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Norway’s Luther Farrar House Destroyed by Fire

Here is another batch of headlines for your history reading pleasure. As always, if you have something to share that is Maine history related please email it to If it’s an event, make sure you get it to me in plenty of time to share.

Loss of historic house a ‘tragedy’ for downtown
The destruction by fire of one of the oldest houses on Main Street has left another hole in one of the state’s most complete downtown National Historic Districts. “For Norway Downtown whose rehabilitation efforts hinge on significant historic buildings, this is a tragedy…

New barn for the Searsmont Historical Society A dedication ceremony for the new Searsmont Historical Society Barn will be held Saturday, May 28, and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, pig roast and barn dance.— Some small towns are…

Next Maine Event: Bug Light a breezy beacon for kite connoisseurs South Portland Historical Society board members will be manning the barbecue, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Chips and soda will also be available for purchase. KID-FRIENDLY FACTOR: What kid…

City seafaring family in spotlight Shipbuilding in Biddeford and Saco reached its height in the mid-1800s, when two or three ships per year were being built in shipyards on both sides of the Saco River, according to the archives at the Maine Historical Society. …

Despite $97,000 grant, Addison church may be lost
Despite having just received a $97,000 restoration grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the historic Church on The Hill in Addison may still be lost soon. Since 1798, a church has always stood on the top of the hill. The first, a community meetinghouse, was blown…

Acadian Festival, Cyr Family Reunion moving to August
The 34th Acadian Festival and the annual family reunion held at the same time in Madawaska are being moved from late June to Aug. 11-15 this year to coincide with International Acadian Day on Aug. 15. This year’s gathering is the Cyr Family Reunion, celebrating ancestors and descendants of one…

Early Declaration of Independence document winds up its 50-state tour in Bangor
A precious piece of America’s history — an original Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence printed on July 4, 1776 — has visited each of the 50 states and on Saturday made Maine its last stop on its decade-long tour. Only 26 copies of the original…

Mill museum has support
Lisa Flynn worked at WestPoint Home until the end. “I never thought we’d shut down,” she said Saturday, seated around a table in the vast North Dam mill with several former co-workers, reminiscing…

Life at sea, revisited
A new exhibit at the Saco Museum explores 19th century maritime history through the life of sea captain Tristram Jordan and his family. The exhibit, Voyages and the Great Age of Sail, opens Friday with a free reception at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Sept. 4. The exhibit is a culmination of a history class of the same name at University of New England, which is team taught by UNE History Professor Elizabeth De Wolfe and Camille Smalley, program and education manager for the Saco Museum…

From the Maine Historical Society;

Online Exhibit: High Water

While many Mainers are thrilled that spring has finally arrived, others who live or work along the state’s swollen rivers watch rising water levels cautiously. This exhibit revisits historic floods and the impact they have had on local people and communities. Read more.

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm

The Annual Olmsted Lecture

The Longfellow Gardens: The Evolution of Two Landmarks

Speaker: Lauren Meier, Pressley Associates, Cambridge, MA

Join us to learn about the rich history and recent rehabilitation of the Longfellow Garden at MHS and the garden at the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Meier, a landscape architect with a specialty in historic preservation, contributed to the rehabilitation of both gardens. This event is held in partnership with the Longfellow Garden Club. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 9 am – 12:30 pm

MHS Annual Meeting: Looking (Back) at Television

Join us to conduct the official business of MHS! The annual meeting includes awards, the welcoming of new Trustees, and a talk by Fred Thompson, former head of the Maine Broadcasting System (1983-98), on the early days of television in Maine. MHS membership and event registration required. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 3:30 pm

The Dave Astor Reunion Show

Featuring Dave Astor with Tony Boffa, Steve Romanoff, and Fred Thompson

Join us to remember and celebrate one of Maine’s best-loved homegrown television shows, The Dave Astor Show (For Teenagers Only). Location: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland. Details.

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Margaretta Days Festival, and more news

Machias fest, book celebrate Revolution

Bangor Daily News- The saying goes that we are our stories. If that’s so, I’d like to be a Watts, specifically a descendant of Hannah (Watts) Weston, who at 17 carried ammunition through the woods to help the patriots fight the British in the Battle of the Margaretta, the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War….

History teacher from Milo lauded by national DAR

Bangor Daily News- A history teacher at Penquis Valley High School for more than 35 years placed third in the National DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Contest this spring. Russell Carey, who grew up here, was nominated to receive the state honor by Tisbury Manor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Monson.

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Maine History Headlines for 13 July 2009

On Touring Maine’s History;we’ll have news and views of happenings around the state of Maine concerning Maine’s historical societies, museums and preservation projects. We’ll have another historic person of the week, Seth L. Milliken of Belfast, and historic business’ are the Levi Lones & Co., and the Winthrop National Bank, both of Winthrop, Maine. Our collectors corner this week looks at bottle collecting. The tour bus stops at Lovers Leap on the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor this week. Plus we’ll have more radio ads from the bygone days and some big band music from the 20s and 30s!

This weeks episode will be live at 6PM on Wednsday, July 15th

Indian Rock may still be moved

LSJ-NORWAY — State officials are trying to determine whether Indian Rock on Route 117 can be moved to accommodate major road reconstruction.

“It’s kind of an engineering issue,” Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Herb Thompson said Thursday.

The rock has a deep depression and some believe it was used by Native Americans to grind corn or to tan hides. It was set to be blasted when a $1.6 million road reconstruction project got under way this spring. But residents and officials asked the MDOT to help save the rock.

Helping to preserve an important but mostly forgotten piece of U.S. history (Maryland) (Maryland)

If local history buff Dick Charlton wants to retrace the steps of American Marines who shot at invading British forces in the Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812, he has to drive up a busy road surrounded by tire shops and fast food restaurants. “Most are not aware of it all,” Chartlon, 77, of Beltsville, said of the battlefield. “It’s almost a forgotten war, and it’s one that we won,” he added. “It was a foreign country on our territory. It was in the early years of independence as a nation and Great Britain was trying to recapture a lost territory.” The site on which thousands of British troops faced the last American resistance before entering Washington, D.C., where they would eventually burn the White House and Capitol…

Bowdoin to Host Free History Camp for High School Students

Bowdoin News – “History Camp provides an exciting, rare experience that allows students to explore aspects Maine history through interaction with historians and fellow

History Comes Alive in Bangor

WABI – Bangor City Council Chairman Gerry Palmer says Bangor and the state of Maine paid a heavy price during the Civil War. He says they wanted to bring that

Bangor’s Civil War Memorial rededicated Bangor Daily News

Listening to echoes from the past

Bangor Daily News – Middle-school-age readers will impress their Maine studies teachers and classmates with their knowledge of Bangor history. Longtime Bangor residents can

Remembering a ‘tornado of flame’ on Bangor’s harbor Bangor Daily News

Moxie growing in popularity – It’s part of Maine history.” Gross, a member of the New England Moxie Congress, hopes to encourage a few more stores and restaurants to sell the drink,

North Jay Day

LSJ-The third annual North Jay Day on Saturday saw the North Jay Grange become the focal point for cultural and historical activities. An early 20th-century Stanley Steamer was on display, as were several other antique autos. Inside the Grange, a bake sale took place and there were also a variety of knitted items made by grange members for sale. Proceeds from the day’s festivities went toward improvements at the Grange, such as a new roof and new paint. Here, Fred Legere of Canton celebrates his 98th birthday in style by playing the harmonica for the audience.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is excited to announce …

The Launch of Eight Local History Websites

Eight Maine communities participate in Maine Community Heritage Project

With training and support from MHS, teams from Bath,Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle and Thomaston spent the past year researching the history of their communities, digitizing historical items, creating online exhibits, and building websites. Community partners – adults and students alike – shared time, knowledge, collections, technology skills, resources, and expertise. Their websites, housed on the Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society’s nationally recognized statewide digital museum, provide unprecedented access to information about the history of these communities and will continue to grow: Bath, Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle, and Thomaston.

Eight new teams have been selected to participate in the project for the upcoming program year (July 2009-June 2010): Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough. As with the first group, selection was based on applicants’ enthusiasm, commitment to local partnership, and ability to complete the project, as well as the geographic, economic, and social diversity of the applicant pool. Their websites will be completed in June 2010.

The Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP) is an innovative program that promotes collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. It is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

For More Information:

Maine Community Heritage Project
Larissa Vigue Picard, Community Partnership Coordinator
207-774-1822 ext. 215;

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Events and Happenings……

Upton Fun Day a first for the community

Jul 09, 2009 12:00 am

UPTON — This town of about 60 residents will try to raise some money, have some fun and get ready for its sesquicentennial at the first Upton Fun Day on Saturday, July 18.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Portland Harbor Museum, invites you to …

A two-part lecture series:

July 15 and August 19, 7pm

ANCHORS AWEIGH: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II

Join us to learn of the bustle around Casco Bay during WWII, and the region’s important role in the war effort.

On January 24, 1941, the U.S. Navy designated Casco Bay a fleet anchorage and authorized the establishment of a U.S. Naval Frontier Base in Portland. The Frontier Base soon grew to be a U.S. Naval Station manned by thousands of sailors and serving hundreds of vessels which the Army and the Navy secretly designated as the most important naval base in the United States.

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
Naval Shore Activities in Casco Bay
Joel Eastman, Professor of History, Emeritus, USM

Hear Eastman explore the Navy’s selection of the site, the purchase and leasing of land for forts and bases, the construction of facilities for housing, training, health care, and recreation, and life on shore.

Wednesday, August 19, 7pm

Naval Sea Activities in Casco Bay
George Stewart, Retired Naval Officer
Hear Stewart discuss the mission of the base, the ships that visited Casco Bay during the war, and life on the water in the environs of Casco Bay during WWII.

These events are free.

Event Information
When: Wednesdays, July 15 and August 19, 2009, 7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
For more information call 207-774-1822;;

Dear Friends,

Wecome to Summer at the Maine Historical Society. It will be another busy season with a great lineup of lectures, screenings, and family activities.

This email offers a sneak peek at all of our July and August programs. No printed program will be mailed this season, so full details can be found at the links below and on the MHS website

We hope that you will forward this and other program emails to friends who might be interested, and invite them to join us at MHS.

Thanks for your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Steve Bromage
Assistant Director, MHS

Summer 2009 Programs At A Glance

Wednesday, 7/15 – Anchors Aweigh, Joel Eastman, first of two-part series, 7pm
Tuesday, 7/21 – Uncommon Threads, Laureen LaBar and Bruce Bourque, 12pm
Tuesday, 7/28 – Remember Me, Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive, 12pm


Saturday, 8/1 – Set Sail on the Wendameen, (registration and fee), 10:30am
Tuesday, 8/4 – New England Architecture, Frank Shirley, 12pm
Thursday, 8/13 – Lighthouses of Maine, Jeremy D’Entremont, 12pm
Wednesday, 8/19 – Anchors Aweigh, George Stewart, second of two-part series, 7pm

Ongoing throughout July and August
Mondays and Wednesdays – The Children’s Hour, (fee), 11am

Fridays – The Longfellow Trail, (fee), 11am

Mondays through Fridays (not shown 7/30 and 7/31) – Film, Innocent Interlude, (includedwith admission), 2:30pm

Events are FREE unless otherwise noted

For Detailed Event Information:
Click on any of the web-links above, or contact:

Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland


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Maine History Notes and News

SKOWHEGAN, Maine ? John Beyer of Fredericton, New Brunswick, hooked his fingers through the straps of his denim overalls and carefully assessed a row of antique engines.

BANGOR, Maine ? Its name was supposed to be Sunbury but because of a misunderstanding, it became known as Bangor. How Bangor got its name was the subject of a play that was staged Friday at City …

KITTERY, Maine; Beginning June 16 and continuing until September, the Friends of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse are offering a special Tuesday evening cruise from Kittery Point.

Mansfield Depot Caboose Pictures Many years ago, a hard-working caboose rattled through the pine forests and seaside villages of Maine.

Touring Maine’s History Live!

Join us at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, June 16 for another episode of Touring Maine’s History on Maine Talk Radio!

We’ll have the usual news and views, plus we we’ll be sharing radio commercials from the thirties to the fifties. We’ll also be continuing with what we call the collectors corner, where information about antiques and collectibles will be shared. This week’s highlight will be fishing and canoes. Plus, the history person of the week will be Maine Senator William P. Frye, and we will continue with the historic business of the week with Portland’s G.L. Bailey Co., of which was located at 263 Middle Street, and his specialty was sporting goods of all types. Touring Maine’s History will stop the tour bus at the world famous Cribstone Bridge in Harpswell, officially known as the Bailey Island Bridge. We’ll take a look at this singular monument to ingenuity, the only structure of its type in the world.

You can catch the show live at or as always, you can play the archived podcasts on our little player to the left of this post.

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