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History of Belfast, Maine, USA

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Belfast, Maine, USA

Belfast, Waldo, ME

The area was once territory of the Penobscot tribe of Abenaki Indians, which each summer visited the seashore to hunt for fish, shellfish and seafowl. In 1630, it became part of the Muscongus Patent, which granted rights for English trading posts with the Indians, especially for the lucrative fur trade. About 1720, General Samuel Waldo of Boston bought the Muscongus Patent, which had evolved into outright ownership of the land, and was thereafter known as the Waldo Patent.

Waldo died in 1759, and his heirs would sell the plantation of Passagassawakeag (named after its river) to 35 Scots-Irish proprietors from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Renamed Belfast after Belfast, Northern Ireland, it was first settled in 1770, and incorporated as a town in 1773. The village was mostly abandoned during the Revolution while British forces occupied Bagaduce (now Castine). The British military burned Belfast in 1779, then held it for five days in September 1814 during the War of 1812.

Following the war, the seaport rebuilt and thrived. It was a port of entry, and designated county seat of Waldo County in 1827, although land would be set off in 1845 to form part of Searsport. Belfast was incorporated in 1853 as a city, the 8th in Maine. It developed into a shipbuilding center, producing hundreds of three, four and five masted schooners.

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  • 1854 - Belfast
    Belfast, a seaport, port of entry, and seat of justice of Waldo county, Maine, at the head of Penobscot bay. It is 30 miles from the ocean, 30 miles...Read MORE...


  • News 1865 - Fire
    BELFAST, Me., Oct. 13. A fire last night consumed nearly the entire business portion of this city below Washington and Cross streets. Over 100...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - GREAT FIRE AT BELFAST, MAINE. AMOUNT OF THE LOSSES AND INSURANCE. AID FOR THE SUFFERERS TENDERED.
    Belfast, Me., Aug. 25.
    MISS REDEMPORT, aged eighty, perished in the Frothingham House destroyed in the conflagration

    yesterday. The Bangor boat...Read MORE...


  • News 1878 - A firm in Belfast, Me., recently received a letter which, four months before, was deposited in the New York Postoffice without the addition of "Maine" to the superscription.
    It had crossed the ocean to Belfast, Ireland, made the tour of Europe and come back, spotted all over with a rare assortment of Postoffice...Read MORE...


  • News 1878 - The latest innovation in deep-sea dredging is submarine plowing, which is now being carried on successfully in Belfast Harbor, Me.
    A large Michigan plow is used, and is drawn by steam power on shore, the direction being given by a man in diver's armor.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 23, 1878

  • 1886 - Belfast
    Belfast, a city and shire town of Waldo County, is situated at the north-western angle of Penobscot Bay, about 20 miles from its mouth, and 10 west...Read MORE...


  • Belfast, Maine, USA
    1890s
    Holmes' Mills
    No. Belfast, Maine
    Advertisement
  • 1895 - Belfast
    Belfast, a city and port of entry, capital of Waldo co., Me., is on the W. side of Penobscot Bay (which is the estuary between the Penobscot River...Read MORE...


  • Belfast, Maine, USA
    Beaver Tail
    Postcard
  • Belfast, Maine, USA
    Post Office from Main Street
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Bel'fast, a city and port of entry, capital of Waldo Co., Me., is on the W. side of Penobscot Bay, 42 miles E. by N. of Augusta and 30 miles from the ...Read MORE...


  • On March 14, 1925 the first international radio broadcast was relayed from London to Belfast and through Searsmont to New York City.

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/

  • Belfast, Maine, USA
    Whitehouse Lodge, High Street, Belfast, Me. Route 1
    Postcard


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1890s
Holmes' Mills
No. Belfast, Maine
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Beaver Tail
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Post Office from Main Street
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Whitehouse Lodge, High Street, Belfast, Me. Route 1
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  • 1854 - Belfast
    Belfast, a seaport, port of entry, and seat of justice of Waldo county, Maine, at the head of Penobscot bay. It is 30 miles from the ocean, 30 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - Fire
    BELFAST, Me., Oct. 13. A fire last night consumed nearly the entire business portion of this city below Washington and Cross streets. Over 100... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - GREAT FIRE AT BELFAST, MAINE. AMOUNT OF THE LOSSES AND INSURANCE. AID FOR THE SUFFERERS TENDERED.
    Belfast, Me., Aug. 25.
    MISS REDEMPORT, aged eighty, perished in the Frothingham House destroyed in the conflagration

    yesterday. The Bangor boat... Read MORE...

  • News  1878 - The latest innovation in deep-sea dredging is submarine plowing, which is now being carried on successfully in Belfast Harbor, Me.
    A large Michigan plow is used, and is drawn by steam power on shore, the direction being given by a man in diver's armor. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 23, 1878
  • News  1878 - A firm in Belfast, Me., recently received a letter which, four months before, was deposited in the New York Postoffice without the addition of "Maine" to the superscription.
    It had crossed the ocean to Belfast, Ireland, made the tour of Europe and come back, spotted all over with a rare assortment of Postoffice... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Belfast
    Belfast, a city and shire town of Waldo County, is situated at the north-western angle of Penobscot Bay, about 20 miles from its mouth, and 10 west... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Belfast
    Belfast, a city and port of entry, capital of Waldo co., Me., is on the W. side of Penobscot Bay (which is the estuary between the Penobscot River... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Bel'fast, a city and port of entry, capital of Waldo Co., Me., is on the W. side of Penobscot Bay, 42 miles E. by N. of Augusta and 30 miles from the ... Read MORE...

  • On March 14, 1925 the first international radio broadcast was relayed from London to Belfast and through Searsmont to New York City.

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/

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