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Calais, Washington, Maine, USA

"Calais, kál'is, a city of Washington co., Me., is on the St. Croix River, which is part of the boundary between the United States and Canada. It is at the head of navigation, about 12 miles from Passamaquoddy Bay, 82 miles E.N.E. of Bangor, and 27 miles N.N.W. of Eastport. Several bridges crossing the river connect it with St. Stephen's in New Brunswick, a station on the New Brunswick & Canada Railroad. Calais is the southeastern terminus of the St. Croix & Penobscot Railroad. It contains 10 churches, a national bank, the Calais Academy and High School, a public library, 2 weekly newspaper offices, and shoe- and woollen-factories. Its prosperity is derived from ship building and trade in lumber, large quantities of which are sawn in the vicinity and exported. Pop. in 1890, 7290."

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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  • News  1854 - The Destructive Gate - Its Effects at the East.
    ...The storm took a very wide range, At Calais, Me., the roads were blocked up with snow-drifts, and the Western mail coach was compelled to return... Read MORE...

  • News  1858 - Fire at Calais, Me.
    Calais, Thursday, April 8. Ten buildings in this place were destroyed by fire afternoon. Loss partially insured. The New York Times
    New York, New York
    April 9, 1858
  • 1859
    CALAIS, a township of Washington co., in the state of Maine, on the St. Croix or Shoodie river, nearly opposite St. Andrews, N. Brunswick, with which ... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Fire
    CALAIS, Me., March 12. - This morning a fire broke out in the furniture store of Gillis & Gallagher. The stock and fixtures were entirely consumed.... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Extensive Destruction of Buildings in Calais, Me.
    CALAIS, Me., Aug. 27. - A fire broke out this afternoon in the rear of Mr. Samuel Ridout's livery stable, which was destroyed, together with stores... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Calais
    Calais is situated at the eastern extremity of Washington County at the head of the tide on the St. Croix River. It is bounded by Baring on the west, ... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - July 20 - Snow & hail in Calais, ME
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  • News  1899 - DEMAND AN INCREASE
    Calais, Me., April 9. - The employes of the dye room at the St Croix cotton mills in St. Stephen are on strike. The strikers say that their wages... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - LOSSES BY FIRE.
    CALAIS, Me., March 1. - A fire in the Calais National Bank Building early today destroyed the upper story, while the entire building was damaged by... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Calais, kal'is, a city and sub-port of entry of Washington co., Me., is on the St. Croix River, which is part of the boundary between the United... Read MORE...

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