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Recognized today as one of Maine's largest central communities, Waterville has grown immensely since its early beginnings. Due to its location on the west bank of the Kennebec River, which provided power for mills built between 1850 and 1950, Waterville thrived as a center for textile manufacturing and papermaking. Early industries also included lumbering, farming, and shipbuilding, and the community's location in the state made it a railroad center. In 1813, Baptists founded Colby College, considered one of the nation's most prestigious liberal arts colleges. It has transformed Waterville into a true college town focused on preserving its heritage through preservation and downtown revitalization efforts.
ISBN: 9780738598482
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 250
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. has served as the director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission since 1976. In 2004, Gov. John Baldacci appointed Shettleworth as Maine state historian and reappointed him in 2008. The postcards used in this book are from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Waterville Historical Society.
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