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Lewiston in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Canal System / Les Canaux

Lewiston, Maine

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Canal System / Les Canaux Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Canal System / Les Canaux Marker
If you've ever seen a working factory, you know they require a lot of power. In Lewiston in the 1800s, the best source was the Androscoggin River. Canals extended that power beyond the riverbanks, making it possible to develop Lewiston as we know it today. In the late 1840s, the Lewiston Water Power Company hired workers, mostly Irish immigrants to dig 1.9 miles of canals in Lewiston. These canals funneled river water directly to the mills. It coursed through water wheels, powering machines. Flowing water supported the livelihood of thousands of people. On cold winter days, mill workers broke up the ice to keep the water moving. Workers also cleaned the canals, not a job for the squeamish! In 2018, the City of Lewiston acquired ownership of the canals.

Chacun sait que, pour fonctionner, une usine a besoin d'une source d'énergie. A Lewiston dans les années 1800, la meilleure source provient de la rivière Androscoggin. La construction de canaux rend possible le transport de cette énergie au-delà des berges et permet à Lewiston de se développer à son niveau actuel. À la fin des années 1840, la
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Compagnie Lewiston Water Power embauche des ouvriers, principalement irlandais, pour creuser 3 km de canaux dan la ville. L'éau cannalisée traverse les usines et actionne des roues à eau quie entraînent les machines. Cette énergie hydraulique fournit un gagne-pain à des milliers d'habitants. En hiver, les ouvriers doivent briser la glace pour faire circuler l'eau. Ils doivent aussi curer les canaux, une chose déconseillée aux plus sensibles. La ville de Lewiston devient propriétaire des canaux en 2018.
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number L14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Auburn-Lewiston, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2018.
Location. 44° 5.614′ N, 70° 13.266′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is at the intersection of Beech Street and Oxford Street, on the right when traveling east on Beech Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Beech St, Lewiston ME 04240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewiston, Maine (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Trunk Depot / La Gare d'Arrivée du Grand Trunk (about 300 feet away, measured
Canal System / Les Canaux Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Canal System / Les Canaux Marker
in a direct line); Cities of the Androscoggin (about 500 feet away); 10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki (about 600 feet away); Great New Auburn Fire / Le Grand Incendie du Nouvel-Auburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); River Pollution and Restoration / Pollution et Restoration de la Rivière (approx. 0.2 miles away); Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wabanaki History / Les Wabanaquis (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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