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Saco, Maine, USA

Saco, York, ME

Saco is a city in York County, settled in 1623 and organized as a town on July 5, 1653. With the authority of his 1639 Grant, Sir Fernando Gorges established a general court for his new province in Saco.

After ruinous Indian raids and wars, the area was incorporated as the District of Pepperrellborough, in honor of Sir William Pepperrell, On June 9, 1762.

Pepperrellborough was incorporated as a town on August 23, 1775. Its name was changed to the ancient designation Saco.

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  • 1811 - Mill established in Saco
    Lumbering was the early business of the place, and the raw material was here turned into all varieties of stuff; and a large business was carried on in it with the West Indies. In 1811 Joseph Calef and Thomas Cutts erected on Factory Island a rolling and slitting mill for iron, and eleven machines...Read MORE...


  • In 1811 Saco Academy was founded after 37 Saco citizens petition the Massachusetts legislature to establish an academy in Saco.
    It was later renamed Thornton Academy.
    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/

  • 1839 - Saco
    Saco, Maine
    York county. Saco is situated on the east side of the river of that name. It is 71 miles S.S.W. from Augusta, 15 S.W. from Portland, and 29 N.E. from York.

    Saco is a port of entry, a place of some ship building, and commands a flourishing trade. Population, 1830, 3,219; 1837,...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - (Saco) - Thornton Academy destroyed by suspicious fire

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/

  • 1854 - Saco
    Saco, a thriving post-town and port of entry of York county, Maine, on the E. or left bank of the Saco river, about 6 miles from its mouth, and on the Eastern railroad, 13 miles S. W. from Portland. The industry of this place and of Biddeford, a flourishing village on the opposite side of the...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Fatal Railroad Accident at Saco, Maine.
    SACO, Me., March 12. As the 12 o'clock train from Boston for Portland was passing a crossing in this city this afternoon the engine struck a sleigh containing J. J. Sawyer of Buxton, Oliver Tracy, agent of the West Buxton Woolen Mills, and H. Partridge of Saco. Partridge escaped unhurt, but Tracy...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Saco
    Saco, in York County, was granted in 1630, to Thomas Lewis and Richard Bonython, by the Plymouth Company, though the latter had, in 1622, granted nearly the whole territory between this and the Kennebec River, to Mason and Gorges. The tract granted to Lewis and Bonython, extended four miles along...Read MORE...


  • Saco, Maine, USA
    York Mills, Saco, Me.
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  • 1895 - Saco
    Saco, saw'ko, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of York co., Me., on the left bank of the river of the same name, about 6 miles from its mouth, and 14 miles W.S.W. of Portland. It is on the Eastern Railroad, and is connected by a bridge with Biddeford, a city on the opposite bank of...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Saco, a city of York co., Me., on the left bank of the river of the same name, about 6 miles from its mouth and 14 miles SW. of Portland, on the Boston and Maine R. It is connected by bridge with Biddeford, a city on the opposite bank of the river. It contains the Thornton Academy, the Dyer and...Read MORE...


  • Saco, Maine, USA
    City Hall, Saco, Me., 1908
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  • Saco, Maine, USA
    Main Street in Winter
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  • Saco, Maine, USA
    Saco, Me. Road to Old Orchard. Old Watering Trough on the Right.
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  • Saco, Maine, USA
    The Underwood, Ferry Beach Park, Saco, Maine
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  • Saco, Maine, USA
    Main St.
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  • Saco, Maine, USA
    Cornforth Farms Inn, 1927
    Postcard
  • 1947 - Saco devastated by the Great Fires of 1947
    After a wet spring, in which the months of April, May and June were inundated with rainy weather, the climate turned to drought condition in mid July 1947. By the end of September, the ground was extremely dry...

    Reports of small fires in woods began coming into the Forest Service on October 7....Read MORE...


  • Saco, Maine, USA
    Main Street
    Postcard


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York Mills, Saco, Me.

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City Hall, Saco, Me., 1908

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Saco, Me. Road to Old Orchard. Old Watering Trough on the Right.

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The Underwood, Ferry Beach Park, Saco, Maine

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Main Street in Winter

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Main St.

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Cornforth Farms Inn, 1927

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History, News and Stories of Saco, Maine, USA

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  • In 1811 Saco Academy was founded after 37 Saco citizens petition the Massachusetts legislature to establish an academy in Saco.
    It was later renamed Thornton Academy.
    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/
  • 1811 - Mill established in Saco
    Lumbering was the early business of the place, and the raw material was here turned into all varieties of stuff; and a large business was carried on in it with the West Indies. In 1811 Joseph Calef and Thomas Cutts erected on Factory Island a rolling and slitting mill for iron, and eleven machines... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - Saco
    Saco, Maine
    York county. Saco is situated on the east side of the river of that name. It is 71 miles S.S.W. from Augusta, 15 S.W. from Portland, and 29 N.E. from York.

    Saco is a port of entry, a place of some ship building, and commands a flourishing trade. Population, 1830, 3,219; 1837,... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - (Saco) - Thornton Academy destroyed by suspicious fire

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/
  • 1854 - Saco
    Saco, a thriving post-town and port of entry of York county, Maine, on the E. or left bank of the Saco river, about 6 miles from its mouth, and on the Eastern railroad, 13 miles S. W. from Portland. The industry of this place and of Biddeford, a flourishing village on the opposite side of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Fatal Railroad Accident at Saco, Maine.
    SACO, Me., March 12. As the 12 o'clock train from Boston for Portland was passing a crossing in this city this afternoon the engine struck a sleigh containing J. J. Sawyer of Buxton, Oliver Tracy, agent of the West Buxton Woolen Mills, and H. Partridge of Saco. Partridge escaped unhurt, but Tracy... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Saco
    Saco, in York County, was granted in 1630, to Thomas Lewis and Richard Bonython, by the Plymouth Company, though the latter had, in 1622, granted nearly the whole territory between this and the Kennebec River, to Mason and Gorges. The tract granted to Lewis and Bonython, extended four miles along... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Saco
    Saco, saw'ko, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of York co., Me., on the left bank of the river of the same name, about 6 miles from its mouth, and 14 miles W.S.W. of Portland. It is on the Eastern Railroad, and is connected by a bridge with Biddeford, a city on the opposite bank of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Saco, a city of York co., Me., on the left bank of the river of the same name, about 6 miles from its mouth and 14 miles SW. of Portland, on the Boston and Maine R. It is connected by bridge with Biddeford, a city on the opposite bank of the river. It contains the Thornton Academy, the Dyer and... Read MORE...

  • 1947 - Saco devastated by the Great Fires of 1947
    After a wet spring, in which the months of April, May and June were inundated with rainy weather, the climate turned to drought condition in mid July 1947. By the end of September, the ground was extremely dry...

    Reports of small fires in woods began coming into the Forest Service on October 7.... Read MORE...



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