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Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, USA

"Augusta, the capital of Maine and of Kennebec co., is principally situated on the right or W. bank of the Kennebec River, 44 miles from its mouth. Lat. 44° 19 N.; lon. 69° 50' W. By railroad it is 62 miles N.N.E. of Port land, and 75 miles S.W. of Bangor. It is at the head of navigation from the sea, and is on the Maine Central Rail road, which here crosses the Kennebec River by a bridge 1100 feet long. There is a fine granite state-house, rebuilt and enlarged in 1890 at a cost of $150,000, and on the E. side of the river is the state asylum for the insane (to which large additions costing $250,000 were made in 1889– 90), and a United States arsenal. A United States government building, containing the post-office, pension-office, and court-house, and costing $192,000, was built in 1888–90. Augusta contains a city court-house, enlarged and rebuilt in 1891, 10 churches, 5 banks, 5 large cotton-mills, a pulp mill, and printing-offices which issue a daily, 4 weekly, and 9 monthly periodicals. It has public water-works, electric lights, electric street-cars, fine school buildings, and numerous manufacturing industries, for which the river affords abundant water-power. Pop. in 1870, 7808; in 1880, 8665; in 1890, 10,527."

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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Fort Western, built 1754

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Opera House, Augusta, Me.

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M.C.R.R. Station, Augusta, Maine.

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Augusta, Me. The Jail.

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Edwards Mills, Kennebec Dam, Augusta, Maine.

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Water Front, Kennebec River

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Odd Fellows Block

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Public Library


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North Hotel, 1905

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Western Avenue, 1905

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Maine Insane Hospital, South Side, 1906

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Monument Park, 1906

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Augusta Post Office

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Universalist Church, 1907

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Water Street and Post Office, 1907

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Bridge and City Hall, 1908


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High School (1909)

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City Hospital, 1909

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A.W.& G. Ry. Car Barn

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Maine Children's Home Society

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Congregational Church, 1910

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Winthrop Street, looking East

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Green Street, looking East, 1912

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Blaine Residence


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State Capitol, 1917

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Water Street

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Bird's-Eye View

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Augusta Country Club

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St. Mark's Church and Rectory

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Cony High School

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  • 1754 - Augusta, Maine founded
    In 1754 the famous Fort Western was constructed and, under the command of Captain James Howard. The secure area attracted trappers and, eventually,... Read MORE...

  • 1797 - Augusta was incorporated on February 20, 1797,
    from a portion of Hallowell, as the town of Harrington. Its name was change to Augusta on June 9th of that year. http://maineanencyclopedia.com/augusta/
  • 1832 - State capital established in Augusta
  • On August 20, 1849, Augusta was incorporated as a city.
    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/augusta/
  • News  1853 - Destructive Fire at Augusta, Me., - Several Mills, &c., in Ruins - Large Number of Workmen thrown out of Employment.
    AUGUSTA. Saturday, Sept. 3. About 2 o'clock this morning a destructive fire broke out in the spool factory of HARNDEN & LELAND, and spread speedily,... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    AUGUSTA, the capital of the state of Maine, U. S, in Kennebec co. It is situated on both sides of the Kennebec river, at the head of the slooping... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - Fire
    On Saturday, Sept. 16, 1865, occurred in Augusta the most destructive fire that had up to that date occurred in the State. The entire business... Read MORE...

  • News  1867 - A Cotton Mill Destroyed at Augusta, Me.
    AUGUSTA, Me., Thursday, March 14. The cotton-batting mill in this city was destroyed by fire at noon to-day. The machinery and a large quantity of... Read MORE...

  • News  1867 - Destructive Fire in Augusta, Me.
    AUGUSTA, Me., Thursday, Dec. 19. A large building, the property of the A & W Sprague Manufacturing Company, of Providence, R. I., and occupied by... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Destruction of a Government Building by Fire at Augusta, Me.
    AUGUSTA, Me., Wednesday, Aug. 5. A building, one hundred and thirty feet long, situated on the United States Arsenal grounds, used as a stable, wood... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Augusta
    Augusta, the capital of the State and shire town of Kennebee County, is situated upon both sides of the Kennebec River, its north-western part being... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Schooners Fast in the Ice
    AUGUSTA, Me., Nov. 24. - The Kennebec river closed to navigation Thursday night, ten days earlier than usual. It is solidly frozen over between... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - BLOW TO AUGUSTA. The Fine New Opera House Block Burned.
    Contained Theater, City Offices and Stores on Ground Floor.

    Thought Fire Crackers Caused the Ruin and Heavy Loss.

    AUGUSTA, Me., July 4. – The... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - $200,000 FIRE IN AUGUSTA, ME.
    Two Blocks in Trade Centre of the City Burned Over.

    AUGUSTA, Me., Jan. 7. - Two large brick blocks in the trade centre of the city and occupied by ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Augusta, the capital of Maine and of Kennebec co., is situated principally on the right or W. bank of the Kennebec River, 44 miles from its mouth.... Read MORE...

  • 1961 - November 13 - WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
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