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  • In 1773 the first schooner was built at Ellsworth. This was the Susan and Abigail, named after daughters of the two most prominent citizens, Benjamin Milliken and Benjamin Joy.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • (Ellsworth) In 1798 the inhabitants petitioned to be incorporated under the name Sumner.
    That name having been already taken by a settlement in present-day Oxford County, Maine, the town was incorporated by the Commonwealth of...Read MORE...


  • In 1838, Ellsworth became the county seat of Hancock County, replacing Castine.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1854 - Ellsworth
    Ellsworth, an important commercial town, capital of Hancock co., Maine, is situated on both sides of the navigable river Union, which is here crossed ...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    ELLSWORTH, a township in the state of Maine, U.S., 89 ENE of Augusta, on Union river. Pop. 2,253.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859

  • In 1869, Ellsworth was incorporated as a city by the Maine Legislature. The first City Hall was Hancock Hall, which stood at the corner of Main Street and School Street.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • News 1870 - Woman Soldier
    The Ellsworth (Maine) American has had a visit from a woman in that vicinity who served in the army two years, dressed in male attire. She has...Read MORE...


  • In 1888, electricity was introduced into the Ellsworth area.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Hancock House
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  • 1895 - Ellsworth
    Ellsworth, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Hancock co., Me., is in Ellsworth township, and on the navigable Union River, a few miles from...Read MORE...


  • 1896 (Ellsworth) The disputed city elections in 1896 resulted in the appointment of two separate Ellsworth police forces, each of which threatened to arrest the other.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Unitarian Church
    Postcard
  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Congregational Church
    Postcard
  • News 1907 - $25,000 FIRE AT ELLSWORTH.
    Ellsworth, Me., Jan. 25. - Hampered by frozen hydrants and in a temperature of 25 degrees below zero the volunteer firemen of Ellsworth, battled the...Read MORE...


  • 1907 - Work on the Ellsworth hydro-electric dam began in 1907, at the site of one of the original Benjamin Milliken Union River dams. This led to the creation of the present Leonard's Lake just north of the city.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    State Street, Public Library
    Postcard
  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Dam and Power House
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  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Main Street, 1910
    Postcard
  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Harbor Scene, Union River
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  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    High Street (1910)
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  • 1916
    Ellsworth, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Hancock co., Me., on the navigable Union River, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and about 28 ...Read MORE...


  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    G.N. Black's Residence
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  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    County Buildings
    Postcard
  • 1923 - (Ellsworth) - Great Flood of 1923. A spring freshet rushed over the dam and carried off the metal Union River Bridge, along with many buildings along the river, such as the Dirigo Theater, the Foundry and many wharves and warehouses.
    This event marked the end of Ellsworth's prominence as a shipping center.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Hurd's Overnight Cottages, Route U.S. 1, Ellsworth, Maine
    Postcard
  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Ellsworth High School
    Postcard
  • News May 7, 1933 - Great Ellsworth Fire of 1933 destroyed 130 homes and downtown businesses.
    FLAMES SWEEP ELLSWORTH, ME.
    Most of Town Doomed as 50 Business Buildings and 200 Dwellings Burn
    HALF-MILE WALL OF FIRE
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    May 8, 1933

  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    City Hall and Congregational Church
    The Friendly City
    Postcard
  • Ellsworth, Maine, USA
    Main Street
    Postcard


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Hancock House
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Unitarian Church
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Congregational Church
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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State Street, Public Library
Postcard

Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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High Street (1910)
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Dam and Power House
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Main Street, 1910
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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Harbor Scene, Union River
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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G.N. Black's Residence
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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County Buildings
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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Hurd's Overnight Cottages, Route U.S. 1, Ellsworth, Maine
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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Ellsworth High School
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA
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City Hall and Congregational Church
The Friendly City
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Main Street
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  • In 1773 the first schooner was built at Ellsworth. This was the Susan and Abigail, named after daughters of the two most prominent citizens, Benjamin Milliken and Benjamin Joy.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • (Ellsworth) In 1798 the inhabitants petitioned to be incorporated under the name Sumner.
    That name having been already taken by a settlement in present-day Oxford County, Maine, the town was incorporated by the Commonwealth of... Read MORE...

  • In 1838, Ellsworth became the county seat of Hancock County, replacing Castine.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Ellsworth
    Ellsworth, an important commercial town, capital of Hancock co., Maine, is situated on both sides of the navigable river Union, which is here crossed ... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    ELLSWORTH, a township in the state of Maine, U.S., 89 ENE of Augusta, on Union river. Pop. 2,253.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • In 1869, Ellsworth was incorporated as a city by the Maine Legislature. The first City Hall was Hancock Hall, which stood at the corner of Main Street and School Street.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  1870 - Woman Soldier
    The Ellsworth (Maine) American has had a visit from a woman in that vicinity who served in the army two years, dressed in male attire. She has... Read MORE...

  • In 1888, electricity was introduced into the Ellsworth area.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1895 - Ellsworth
    Ellsworth, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Hancock co., Me., is in Ellsworth township, and on the navigable Union River, a few miles from... Read MORE...

  • 1896 (Ellsworth) The disputed city elections in 1896 resulted in the appointment of two separate Ellsworth police forces, each of which threatened to arrest the other.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1907 - Work on the Ellsworth hydro-electric dam began in 1907, at the site of one of the original Benjamin Milliken Union River dams. This led to the creation of the present Leonard's Lake just north of the city.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  1907 - $25,000 FIRE AT ELLSWORTH.
    Ellsworth, Me., Jan. 25. - Hampered by frozen hydrants and in a temperature of 25 degrees below zero the volunteer firemen of Ellsworth, battled the... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Ellsworth, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Hancock co., Me., on the navigable Union River, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and about 28 ... Read MORE...

  • 1923 - (Ellsworth) - Great Flood of 1923. A spring freshet rushed over the dam and carried off the metal Union River Bridge, along with many buildings along the river, such as the Dirigo Theater, the Foundry and many wharves and warehouses.
    This event marked the end of Ellsworth's prominence as a shipping center.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  May 7, 1933 - Great Ellsworth Fire of 1933 destroyed 130 homes and downtown businesses.
    FLAMES SWEEP ELLSWORTH, ME.
    Most of Town Doomed as 50 Business Buildings and 200 Dwellings Burn
    HALF-MILE WALL OF FIRE The New York Times
    New York, New York
    May 8, 1933

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