Skowhegan, Me. Somerset Co.
George E. Norris
George E. Norris
52 x 83.8 cm
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The water-power of the town is on the Kennebec, at Skowhegan Falls, where the whole volume of the river descends 28 feet in half a mile. An island...divides the river into two channels, and serves at once as a natural pier and as a site for mills….The manufactories here consist of a paper-mill, saw-mill, two sash and blind factories, two flour-mills, a wood pulp-mill, three planing-mills, a woolen-mill, an oil-cloth-factory, two axe-factories, one scythe-factory, two harness and saddlery factories, and a foundry. The town hall is a three-story brick block belonging to a corporation. The seating of the hall is 1,500 and the cost $60,000. There is a public library in the village containing upwards of 3,500 volumes. The elegant brick building containing the court-room and county offices was presented to the county by Hon. Abner Coburn, to induce the removal of the county capital from Norridgewock. The houses in the village and county are in neat repair….The streets generally are adorned with trees.
A Gazetteer of the State of Maine, George J. Varney, 1881, 1886
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