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Skowhegan, Maine, USA

Recorded as Skwahegan in early reports, the name means "watching place for fish," drawn from the falls in the Kennebec River that harbored salmon. Local Indians speared them as they attempted to scale the falls.

On April 30, 1772, Joseph Weston and his family arrived as the first white settlers in the area.



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  • Brief History
    The land was settled in 1773 as a part of Canaan. Colonel Benedict Arnold and his troops passed through the village in 1775 on their way to the...Read MORE...


  • 1818 - Skowhegan State Fair
    The Skowhegan State Fair was established in 1818. It is the nation's oldest consecutively running agricultural fair.

  • 1854 - Skowhegan
    Skowiiegan, a post-township of Somerset co., Maine, about 30 miles N. from Augusta. Population, 1756.

    Skowheoan, a thriving post-village in the...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Destructive Fire in Maine - Loss $30,000.
    LEWISTON, Me., Saturday, Feb. 8. - In Skowhegan, last night, a fire destroyed the building known as the Excelsior Factory, occupied as...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Skowhegan
    Skowhegan is a prosperous manufacturing town lying on both sides of the great bend of the Kennebec in the southern part of Somerset County, of which...Read MORE...


  • 1889 - Skowhegan
    The oddity of its old Indian name has secured to Skowhegan a wider celebrity beyond the borders of the State than most towns of its size enjoy, but...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Skowhegan
    Skowhe'gan, a post-village, capital of Somerset co., Me., in Skowhegan township, on both sides of the Kennebec River, 30 miles N. by E. of Augusta,...Read MORE...


  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Business Section, Water Street
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    The Wesserrunsett, 1905
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Madison Avenue, 1905
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  • 1906
    Skowhegan, a post-village, capital of Smoerset co., Me., in Skowhegan township (town), on both sides of the Kennebec River, 30 miles N. by E. of...Read MORE...


  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    The Eddy, 1906
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Looking up the Kennebec, 1907
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    1908
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    Bethany Church, Madison Ave., 1908
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Somerset Hospital
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Suspension Foot Bridge
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Court House, 1911
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Entrance to Coburn Park, 1912
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Congregational Church, 1912
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Hotel Coburn, 1912
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Municipal Building and Opera House
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    American Woolen Co's Mills, Arms and Anderson No. 4
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    The River and Elm Street
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Water Street
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Maine Central R.R. Depot
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Madison Avenue
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Maine Spinning Co. Plant
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  • News 1930 - KILLED BY BLAST OF DYNAMITE
    Skowegan, Me., March 17. - Leroy McPhierson, 22, of Mapleton, Arlistook conty[sic], died at midnight Saturday at the Kennebec Valley Hospital,...Read MORE...


  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Post Office
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Central Maine Power Station, Kennebec River
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    High School
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    The Milburn Hotel, Skowhegan, Maine - On Direct Route to Quebec
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Water Street
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  • Skowhegan, Maine, USA
    Theatre Lakewood
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  • 1948 - First Woman Senator
    Skowhegan native Margaret Chase Smith is elected to the US Senate making her the first woman to ever be voted into this office and also the first...Read MORE...




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Business Section, Water Street
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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The Wesserrunsett, 1905
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Madison Avenue, 1905
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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The Eddy, 1906
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Looking up the Kennebec, 1907
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Bethany Church, Madison Ave., 1908
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Somerset Hospital
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Suspension Foot Bridge
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Court House, 1911
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Entrance to Coburn Park, 1912
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Congregational Church, 1912
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Hotel Coburn, 1912
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Municipal Building and Opera House
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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American Woolen Co's Mills, Arms and Anderson No. 4
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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The River and Elm Street
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Water Street
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Maine Central R.R. Depot
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Madison Avenue
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Maine Spinning Co. Plant
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Post Office
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Theatre Lakewood
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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Central Maine Power Station, Kennebec River
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Skowhegan, Maine, USA
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High School
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The Milburn Hotel, Skowhegan, Maine - On Direct Route to Quebec
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Water Street
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  • Brief History
    The land was settled in 1773 as a part of Canaan. Colonel Benedict Arnold and his troops passed through the village in 1775 on their way to the... Read MORE...

  • 1818 - Skowhegan State Fair
    The Skowhegan State Fair was established in 1818. It is the nation's oldest consecutively running agricultural fair.
  • 1854 - Skowhegan
    Skowiiegan, a post-township of Somerset co., Maine, about 30 miles N. from Augusta. Population, 1756.

    Skowheoan, a thriving post-village in the... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Destructive Fire in Maine - Loss $30,000.
    LEWISTON, Me., Saturday, Feb. 8. - In Skowhegan, last night, a fire destroyed the building known as the Excelsior Factory, occupied as... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Skowhegan
    Skowhegan is a prosperous manufacturing town lying on both sides of the great bend of the Kennebec in the southern part of Somerset County, of which... Read MORE...

  • 1889 - Skowhegan
    The oddity of its old Indian name has secured to Skowhegan a wider celebrity beyond the borders of the State than most towns of its size enjoy, but... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Skowhegan
    Skowhe'gan, a post-village, capital of Somerset co., Me., in Skowhegan township, on both sides of the Kennebec River, 30 miles N. by E. of Augusta,... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Skowhegan, a post-village, capital of Smoerset co., Me., in Skowhegan township (town), on both sides of the Kennebec River, 30 miles N. by E. of... Read MORE...

  • News  1930 - KILLED BY BLAST OF DYNAMITE
    Skowegan, Me., March 17. - Leroy McPhierson, 22, of Mapleton, Arlistook conty[sic], died at midnight Saturday at the Kennebec Valley Hospital,... Read MORE...

  • 1948 - First Woman Senator
    Skowhegan native Margaret Chase Smith is elected to the US Senate making her the first woman to ever be voted into this office and also the first... Read MORE...

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