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Biddeford, York, Maine, USA

"Bid'deford, a city of York co., Me, on the right bank of the Saco River, which separates it from the town of Saco, 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, 15 miles S.W. of Portland, and 93 miles N.N.E. of Boston. It is on the Portsmouth, Saco & Portland and Boston & Maine Rail roads, each of which connects it with Boston and Portland. Its prosperity is derived chiefly from trade, and manufactures of cotton goods and machinery. Lumber and cotton goods are the chief articles of export. It has 12 churches, 2 national banks, 3 daily and 3 weekly newspapers, and several large cotton-mills, machine-shops, and saw-mills. The river here falls 42 feet, and affords abundant water power. Pop. in 1890, 14,443."

"Biddeford Pool, a post-village and bathing place of York co., Me., on the coast, 6 miles S.E, of Biddeford."

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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  • Physician Richard Vines established what is possibly the earliest settlement in Maine in 1616 at Biddeford Pool, then known as Winter Harbor.
    Vines spent the winter of 1616-17 there, having been sent by Sir. Fernando Gorges. He and John Oldham returned in 1630, settling on the side of the...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Squaring the Circle
    Mr. Joseph Sweetsir, of Biddeford, Me., claims to have discovered a method of squaring the circle, a problem which has baffled all mathematicians....Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Bad Advertisment
    The Biddeford (Me.) woman who advertised for and married a man last July, to have some one to control her property, has succeeded beyond all...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Biddeford
    Biddeford, in York County, includes the site of the earliest permanent settlement in Maine of which we have a conclusive record. In furtherance of...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - Railroad Ticket Office Burglarized
    BIDDEFORD, Me., Nov. 24. - Thursday night burglars broke into the Boston & Maine railroad ticket office at Pine Point, blew open the safe and secured ...Read MORE...


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    Elm Street
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    City Hall
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    Biddeford, Me., French Parochial School
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    City Square, 1905
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    Main St.
  • News 1906 - OPERATE DESPITE FIRE. Umbrellas Held Over Patient In a Maine Burning Hospital.
    BIDDEFORD, Me., March 14 - Seventeen patients at the Trull Hospital in May Street, this city, were removed from their beds today during a fire which...Read MORE...


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    McArthur Library
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    Eglise St. Andre, 1907
  • News 1908 - LOSS IS $300,000. SCORE OF TENEMENT BUILDINGS AT SACO, DESTROYED. FIRE SWEPT OVER 15 ACRES OF LUMBER YARDS -- BLAZE STARTED IN A PILE OF SHAVINGS -- PORTION OF THE SOMERSVILLE BRIDGE WAS BURNED.
    Biddeford, Me., Sept. 15. - A spectacular fire which caused a property loss of $300,000 destroyed more than fifteen acres of lumber yards, more than...Read MORE...


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    Saco & Pettee Machine Shops
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    Saco River Lumber Co.
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    St. Joseph's Church
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    Biddeford Pool, Me., Fort Mary
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    Main Street
  • 1916
    Bid'deford, a city and summer-resort of York co., Me., on the right bank of the Saco River, which separates it from the town of Saco, 6 miles from...Read MORE...


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    Trull Hospital
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    Emery School
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    St. Andre's Church and Rectory
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    Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, Maine
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    Pepperell Mills, 1922
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    Webber Hospital
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    Main Street
  • 1947 - Biddeford 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 ...Read MORE...




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