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Waterville, Kennebec, Maine, USA

"Waterville, a flourishing post-village of Kennebec CO., Maine, on the right bank of the Kennebec river, at the Ticonic falls, (18 feet in height,) and at the northern ter minus of the Androscoggin and Kennebec railroad, 82 miles N. N. E. from Portland. The Kennebec and Penobscot railroad, now in course of construction, will connect it with Bangor, and it is also to be the terminus of the Kennebec and Portland railroad. The water-power afforded by the Ticonic falls and others in the vicinity is very great, and might easily be made available to almost any extent; only a small part of it is at present employed. There are here in operation numerous mills for grinding grain and plaster, sawing lumber, carding, &c. There are also various manufactories, principally of machinery, castings, and farming implements. An important trade is carried on with the surrounding country and through the Kennebec river, which, by means of a dam and locks at Augusta, is navigable to the foot of the falls opposite. The village contains 4 or 5 churches, 2 banks, 2 news paper offices, and about 30 stores. It is the seat of Waterville college, a flourishing institution, under the direction of the Baptists. Population of the township in 1840, 2971 ; in 1850, 3965."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.


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  • News 1849 - Destructive Fire at Waterville, Me.
    A correspondent of the Boston Atlas, writing from Gardiner, Me., states that a large fire occurred at Waterville on Saturday evening.

    "Property to ...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - Boiler Explosion
    WATERVILLE, Me., Jan. 28. - The boiler in the steam mill of the Kennebec Framing Company at Fairfield exploded this morning with terrific force. A...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - BURNED TO DEATH IN A LOCK-UP.
    WATERVILLE, Me., April 3. - PETER VIGNE, a young man from Fairfield, Me., who was put in the lock-up last night, set the building on fire and...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Waterville
    Waterville lies on the western bank of the Kennebec River, adjoining Fairfield, in Somerset County, on the north. Winslow lies opposite on the east...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - EXPLOSION. Gas Works Destroyed in Maine. A FATAL EXPLOSION. A Gashouse Explodes at Waterville, Maine, This Morning.
    WATERVILLE (Me.), Oct. 24. - At 7 o'clock this morning the gashouse of the Lockwood Cotton Mills exploded lifting the roof from the building, which...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Leading Business Men of LEWISTON, AUGUSTA and VICINITY, BOSTON, MERCANTILE PUBLISHING COMPANY
    1889
  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Main Street
  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Haines Theatre
  • 1906
    Waterville, a city of Kennebec co., Me., on the Kennebec River and on the Maine Central R., 81 miles NNE. of Portland. The ticonic Falls, in the...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - C. O. JONES KILLED, HIS AIRSHIP BURNED - Aeronaut Dropped 500 Feet at Waterville, Me.
    WIFE AND CHILD PRESENT
    Bag of Dirigible Caught Fire and Machinery and Inventor Shot to Earth Before Crowd - Spark of Motor Caused...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Grand Stand, Central Maine, Park, Waterville, Me.
  • News 1917 - SPECTACULAR FIRE THREATENS WHOLE NORTH END WATERVILLE
    900 Canoes and Two Large Ice Houses Burn Two Dwellings Damaged by Flames Two Alarms Sounded and Firemen Have Hard Fight

    Waterville, Me., Oct 23. – ...Read MORE...


  • News 1936 - $35,000 BLAZE AT WATERVILLE.
    Waterville, Me., Jan. 24. - Damage of about $35,000 was done to the two-story brick HAINES building on Silver street early Thursday by a fire which...Read MORE...


  • News 1939 - 26 in Blazing Hospital Wing Removed Safely. Nine Infants Rescued with Other Patients in Early Morning Fire at Waterville.
    Waterville, Me., April 6. - (AP) - Nine new-born babies had a baptism of smoke and fire today in a blaze with forced evacuation of 26 patients from a ...Read MORE...


  • News 1942 - $200,000 FIRE RAZES WATERVILLE BUILDING.
    Waterville, Me. - Fire destroyed the four story SAMUEL BARRON brick building and damaged two adjoining business blocks early last night.
    Damages...Read MORE...


  • News 1945 - 2 WOMEN MEET DEATH IN MAINE HOTEL FIRE.
    Waterville, Me., Feb. 19 (AP) - Two women were numbered as victims today of the fire which swept the 32-room Jefferson hotel and an adjoining...Read MORE...




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