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Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, USA

"Lewiston, the most populous city of Androscoggin co., Me., is situated on the E. (left) bank of the Androscoggin River, opposite Auburn, 35 miles N. of Portland, and about 30 miles S.W. of Augusta. It is at the junction of several branches of the Maine Central Railroad with the Auburn & Lewiston Railroad, which connects with the Grand Trunk Railroad. The river here falls about 60 feet, affords abundant water-power, and presents picturesque scenery. Two iron railroad bridges and 2 other bridges cross the river at this place. Lewiston is the second city of Maine in population, and derives its prosperity chiefly from manufactures and trade. It is the seat of Bates College (Free-Will Baptist), which was organized in 1863 and has 11 professors. It has 12 churches, a public library, 2 national banks, 3 savings-banks, and a high school. A dam, or system of dams, costing about $1,000,000, has been constructed here across the river, the water of which is conveyed to the mills by a canal. The Franklin Company own the water power. The capital here invested in manufactures is stated to be $9,000,000, which is distributed among 18 corporations, employing about 8500 persons, and producing goods valued at $11,000,000 in a year, or, including Auburn, $13,000,000. About 40,000,000 yards of cotton and woollen goods are manufactured here annually. The number of spindles in the factories of Lewiston is 285,000. The woollen-mills pro duce fancy cassimeres, beaver cloths, meltons, repellants, &c. Among the other articles made in Lewiston are brushes, files, looms, trunks, brooms, machinery for cotton-mills, ticking, seersucker, duck, burlaps, checks, jute bags, and grain-bags. Two daily and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. Pop. in 1870, 13,600; in 1880, 19,083; in 1890, 21,701."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1785-88 - Many veterans of the Revolution took up lots in "Lewistin."

    Town Register of Wayne, Wales, Monmouth, Leeds & Green, Maine, H.E. Mitchell Co, Brunswick,ME 1905

  • 1854 - Lewiston
    Lewiston, a flourishing post-village of Lincoln county, Maine, is situated on the left bank of the Androscoggin river, and on the Androscoggin and...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - TELEGRAMS. TERRIFIC HURRICANE AT EASTPORT, ME. Great Destruction of Property and Life. THE STORM IN MAINE.
    ...LEWISTON, Me., Oct.9.---The Evening Journal has a report of a great freshet on Swift River, in Oxford County, showing a rise of thirty-six feet in ...Read MORE...


  • 1871 - Snapped Like Threads
    The Bangor (Me.) Whig reports that, owing to the intense cold, the wires of the Western Union Telegraph line, between that city and Lewiston, were...Read MORE...


  • News 1886 - History of a Pill Box - Found in the Drawer of a Lewiston Sewing Machine
    “Hello, what's this!” exclaimed a Lewiston sewing-machine agent, as he picked a pill-box out of the drawer of a sewing-machine, Thursday morning, and ...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Lewiston
    Lewiston is practically the centre of Androscoggin County, and is nearly so geographically. It is situated upon the Androscoggin River, which...Read MORE...


  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lewiston, Me. M.C.R.R. Station
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lewiston, Me. Entrance Maine State Fair Grounds.
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Androscoggin One Price Clothing Co.
    Blue Store
    88 Lisbon St.
    Lewiston, Me.
  • News 1891 - Don't Look
    A Lewiston, Maine policeman has had two hotel keepers arrested on a charge of offering him $200 a month not to see anything. The logical inference...Read MORE...


  • News 1892 - Justice?
    James Reiker, who hasn't got a red, has been in jail nearly four years in Lewiston, Maine, for a debt of $117.15, which he couldn't pay. But he has...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Lewiston
    Lewiston, the most populous city of Androscoggin co., Me., is situated on the E. (left) bank of the Androscoggin River, opposite Auburn, 35 miles N....Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - Bicycles and Business. Hard Times Attributed in Part to the Wheeling Craze.
    Now the bicycle is accused of responsibility for a lot of hard times in various lines of business. The theatrical man stands in front of his...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - STILL A MYSTERY. Jessie Cobb's Murderer and His Motive Are Not Yet Revealed. LEWISTON POLICE ON THE ALERT. Several of Dead Girls Friends In Sabbattus Interviewed. WHERE IS FRED BROOKS?
    The veil which covers the crime connected with the Jessie Cobb case, has not yet been raised. There is no longer any doubt but that it was murder,...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - Wm. Reed's Tragic Death. A Horrible Fatality in a Lewiston Stable Friday Evening.
    A Surcharged Incandescent Electric Light Wire Pours Forth Its Fatal Voltage.

    The Poor Victim Found in a Pool of Water with the Sparks Playing...Read MORE...


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    City Building and De Witt House, Lewiston, Maine
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    Androscoggin Mill and Canal
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    Haymarket Square
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    Tacoma Inn, near Lewiston, Me.
  • News 1902 - THE DOMESTIC PROBLEM - Both Sides of the Question Presented by One Who Has Been Mistress and Maid - The Golden Rule If Applied Would Solve the Problem
    (Writer for The Sun.)

    “Wanted – A capable American house girl.” Such is the tenor of many “want” ads running in the newspapers at this time of...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - They Held Hands. Rustic Couple From the Country Create a Whole Lot of Amusement on Lewiston Streets.
    They were from the country – that – no one who saw the rustic couple would question for a minute. The fellow who was possibly six feet in height,...Read MORE...


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    1902 advertisement

    Furniture, Carpets, Bedding, Draperies, Stoves, Ranges, ETc.
    Atherton Furniture
    Lewiston, Maine
  • News 1903 - HILL TRAGEDY. The Son is Alive and Resting Comfortably - An Operation Will be Performed. THE OLD FATHER BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INSANE.
    The Details of the Sad Affair Which Caused a Sensation Yesterday Morning.

    A most shocking double tragedy occurred in Barkerville yester-day...Read MORE...


  • News 1903 - WONDERFUL ELECTRICITY. City Hall Has Been Thoroughly Wired and Everything is as Brilliant as Daylight.
    The work of wiring City Hall was completed last evening and the lights were turned on for the first time. The large chandelier, in the center of the...Read MORE...


  • 1903 - Sheriff Cummings has ordered the U-No beer joints with lunch rooms combined to sell nothing between the hours of twelve Saturday night and twelve Sunday night, save food, coffee or tea.
    The proprietors of these places are not allowed to sell a bottle of ginger ale or a glass of Moxie on the Sabbath. They feel that this is a bit...Read MORE...


  • 1903 - THE ODLIN SLOT MACHINES - Taken from Him by the Deputy Sheriffs Yesterday to Be Destroyed Today.
    The ex-city marshal Odlin's got a bunch of nickel-in-the-slot machines at his home on Newman street. These machines were seized by him while he was...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - Passenger Train Wrecked
    Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 27. - Three are dead, nine others seriously injured and some twenty more persons cut and bruised as the result of the wrecking ...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - A Lewiston man is breaking his frisky young colt by a novel method.
    He mounts his bicycle and leads his colt up and down the street as fast or as slow as he desires.
    Lewiston Daily Sun
    Lewiston, Maine
    May 21, 1905

  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Canal Hill and Bates Mills
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    Hospital Square
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lewiston Me., Looking Down Lisbon Street
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    View from Davids Mt. showing Bates College Buildings, Lewiston, 1906
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    City Hall
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Post Office, 1907
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Sisters Hospital
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    De Witt Hotel
  • 1909 - Prisoner Escaped.
    During the breakfast hour at the Lewiston police station, Monday, J. J. McKenney, jr., told Officer Tuttle that he wanted to telephone friends to get ...Read MORE...


  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    New Elk's Home, 1909
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Public Library, 1909
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    The Great Department Store
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    St. Mary's French Hospital
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Healy Asylum
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Jordan High School
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lisbon Street, from Main
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lisbon Street, looking up
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Park St. and M.E. Church
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    New Shrine Building
  • News 1911 - Senator Frye Dies in Maine - Former President Pro Tem. of National Body Passes Away in Old Home
    Lewiston, Maine, Aug. 9 - United States Senator William Pierce Frye died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen White, here yesterday. Mrs. White...Read MORE...


  • 1911 - May 22 - The temperature at Lewiston ME soared to 101 degrees. It was the hottest temperature ever recorded in New England during the month of May.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Wallace School, 1911
  • 1916
    Lewiston, a city of Androscoggin co., Me., is situated on the E. (left) bank of the Androscoggin River, opposite Auburn, 35 miles N. of Portland, and ...Read MORE...


  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Bates College
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Central Maine Power Company
    Gulf Island Dam, Androscoggin River
  • Lewiston, Maine, USA
    Lisbon Street Looking South
  • 1936 - Lewiston-New Auburn Bridge Breaks in Two
    136 DEAD, 200,000 HOMELESS AND $300,000,000 DAMAGE IN FLOOD
    Estimate Eight Thousand Homeless in Maine
    Lewiston-New Auburn Bridge Breaks in Two
    The ...Read MORE...




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Lewiston, Me. M.C.R.R. Station

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Lewiston, Me. Entrance Maine State Fair Grounds.

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Androscoggin One Price Clothing Co.
Blue Store
88 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, Me.

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City Building and De Witt House, Lewiston, Maine

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Tacoma Inn, near Lewiston, Me.

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Androscoggin Mill and Canal

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Haymarket Square
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1900 murder of Jessie Cobb in Lewiston, ME
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1902 advertisement

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Atherton Furniture
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Canal Hill and Bates Mills

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Hospital Square

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Lewiston Me., Looking Down Lisbon Street

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View from Davids Mt. showing Bates College Buildings, Lewiston, 1906

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City Hall

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Post Office, 1907

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Sisters Hospital

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De Witt Hotel

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The Great Department Store

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Healy Asylum

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Jordan High School

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Lisbon Street, from Main

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Park St. and M.E. Church

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New Shrine Building

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Central Maine Power Company
Gulf Island Dam, Androscoggin River

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Lisbon Street Looking South
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  • 1785-88 - Many veterans of the Revolution took up lots in "Lewistin."
    Town Register of Wayne, Wales, Monmouth, Leeds & Green, Maine, H.E. Mitchell Co, Brunswick,ME 1905
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    History of Lewiston, Maine (www.youtube.com)
  • 1854 - Lewiston
    Lewiston, a flourishing post-village of Lincoln county, Maine, is situated on the left bank of the Androscoggin river, and on the Androscoggin and... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - TELEGRAMS. TERRIFIC HURRICANE AT EASTPORT, ME. Great Destruction of Property and Life. THE STORM IN MAINE.
    ...LEWISTON, Me., Oct.9.---The Evening Journal has a report of a great freshet on Swift River, in Oxford County, showing a rise of thirty-six feet in ... Read MORE...

  • 1871 - Snapped Like Threads
    The Bangor (Me.) Whig reports that, owing to the intense cold, the wires of the Western Union Telegraph line, between that city and Lewiston, were... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Lewiston
    Lewiston is practically the centre of Androscoggin County, and is nearly so geographically. It is situated upon the Androscoggin River, which... Read MORE...

  • News  1886 - History of a Pill Box - Found in the Drawer of a Lewiston Sewing Machine
    “Hello, what's this!” exclaimed a Lewiston sewing-machine agent, as he picked a pill-box out of the drawer of a sewing-machine, Thursday morning, and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1891 - Don't Look
    A Lewiston, Maine policeman has had two hotel keepers arrested on a charge of offering him $200 a month not to see anything. The logical inference... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - Justice?
    James Reiker, who hasn't got a red, has been in jail nearly four years in Lewiston, Maine, for a debt of $117.15, which he couldn't pay. But he has... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Lewiston
    Lewiston, the most populous city of Androscoggin co., Me., is situated on the E. (left) bank of the Androscoggin River, opposite Auburn, 35 miles N.... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - Bicycles and Business. Hard Times Attributed in Part to the Wheeling Craze.
    Now the bicycle is accused of responsibility for a lot of hard times in various lines of business. The theatrical man stands in front of his... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Wm. Reed's Tragic Death. A Horrible Fatality in a Lewiston Stable Friday Evening.
    A Surcharged Incandescent Electric Light Wire Pours Forth Its Fatal Voltage.

    The Poor Victim Found in a Pool of Water with the Sparks Playing... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - STILL A MYSTERY. Jessie Cobb's Murderer and His Motive Are Not Yet Revealed. LEWISTON POLICE ON THE ALERT. Several of Dead Girls Friends In Sabbattus Interviewed. WHERE IS FRED BROOKS?
    The veil which covers the crime connected with the Jessie Cobb case, has not yet been raised. There is no longer any doubt but that it was murder,... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - They Held Hands. Rustic Couple From the Country Create a Whole Lot of Amusement on Lewiston Streets.
    They were from the country – that – no one who saw the rustic couple would question for a minute. The fellow who was possibly six feet in height,... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - THE DOMESTIC PROBLEM - Both Sides of the Question Presented by One Who Has Been Mistress and Maid - The Golden Rule If Applied Would Solve the Problem
    (Writer for The Sun.)

    “Wanted – A capable American house girl.” Such is the tenor of many “want” ads running in the newspapers at this time of... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - THE ODLIN SLOT MACHINES - Taken from Him by the Deputy Sheriffs Yesterday to Be Destroyed Today.
    The ex-city marshal Odlin's got a bunch of nickel-in-the-slot machines at his home on Newman street. These machines were seized by him while he was... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - Sheriff Cummings has ordered the U-No beer joints with lunch rooms combined to sell nothing between the hours of twelve Saturday night and twelve Sunday night, save food, coffee or tea.
    The proprietors of these places are not allowed to sell a bottle of ginger ale or a glass of Moxie on the Sabbath. They feel that this is a bit... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - WONDERFUL ELECTRICITY. City Hall Has Been Thoroughly Wired and Everything is as Brilliant as Daylight.
    The work of wiring City Hall was completed last evening and the lights were turned on for the first time. The large chandelier, in the center of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - HILL TRAGEDY. The Son is Alive and Resting Comfortably - An Operation Will be Performed. THE OLD FATHER BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INSANE.
    The Details of the Sad Affair Which Caused a Sensation Yesterday Morning.

    A most shocking double tragedy occurred in Barkerville yester-day... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - Passenger Train Wrecked
    Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 27. - Three are dead, nine others seriously injured and some twenty more persons cut and bruised as the result of the wrecking ... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - A Lewiston man is breaking his frisky young colt by a novel method.
    He mounts his bicycle and leads his colt up and down the street as fast or as slow as he desires. Lewiston Daily Sun
    Lewiston, Maine
    May 21, 1905
  • 1909 - Prisoner Escaped.
    During the breakfast hour at the Lewiston police station, Monday, J. J. McKenney, jr., told Officer Tuttle that he wanted to telephone friends to get ... Read MORE...

  • 1911 - May 22 - The temperature at Lewiston ME soared to 101 degrees. It was the hottest temperature ever recorded in New England during the month of May.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1911 - Senator Frye Dies in Maine - Former President Pro Tem. of National Body Passes Away in Old Home
    Lewiston, Maine, Aug. 9 - United States Senator William Pierce Frye died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen White, here yesterday. Mrs. White... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Lewiston, a city of Androscoggin co., Me., is situated on the E. (left) bank of the Androscoggin River, opposite Auburn, 35 miles N. of Portland, and ... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - Lewiston-New Auburn Bridge Breaks in Two
    136 DEAD, 200,000 HOMELESS AND $300,000,000 DAMAGE IN FLOOD
    Estimate Eight Thousand Homeless in Maine
    Lewiston-New Auburn Bridge Breaks in Two
    The ... Read MORE...

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