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

Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn

Auburn, Maine

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Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn Marker
Inscription.  
The Barker Mill, at 143 Mill Street, was a catalyst for the residential development of what became known as "New Auburn." Auburn had recently annexed Danville in 1867. The Little Androscoggin Water Power Company was formed in 1870 and purchased a large tract of land there. It dammed the Little Androscoggin River in 1872, and the five-story mill building with mansard roof was completed in 1873. The mill was named for the company's directing agent, C.I. Barker. For many years, this was Auburn's only textile enterprise, making cotton shirts and sheets. The company laid out from 1st to 10th Streets and sold house lots; many buyers were millworkers. In 1874, it also stimulated the building of "South Bridge" (renamed Lown Bridge). The mill is now residential housing.

L'usine de Barker Mill, 143 Mill Street, sert de catalyseur à la construction de logements dan ce qui devient « Le nouvel Auburn ». Auburn vient d'annexer Danville en 1867. La Société des Eaux de la Petite Androscoggin s'installe en 1870 et achète un vaste terrain. Elle construit un barrage sur la Petite Androscoggin en 1872 et une usine
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de cinq étages au toit mansardé qui voit le jour en 1873. Le Moulin porte le nom de son directeur, C.I. Barker et reste pendant de nombreuses années la seule usine textile d'Auburn. On y fabrique des chemises et des draps en coton. L'enterprise crée des lotissements sure les terrains de la première à la dixieme rue et les vend à des ouvriers. En 1874, cela stimule la construction du pont « South Bridge » (repatisé Lown bridge). L'usine est aujourd'hui transformée en appartements.
 
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number A12.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & Commerce. 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 1867.
 
Location. 44° 5.598′ N, 70° 13.516′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is on Auburn Riverwalk, 0.1 miles north of Main Street (Maine Route 136), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 Main St, Auburn ME 04210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Pollution and Restoration / Pollution et Restoration de la Rivière (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Little House 1827 / La Maison d'Edward Little 1827
Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cities of the Androscoggin (about 400 feet away); Wabanaki History / Les Wabanaquis (about 400 feet away); Bonney Park (about 400 feet away); Great New Auburn Fire / Le Grand Incendie du Nouvel-Auburn (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Bonney Park (about 400 feet away); Lewiston Falls Academy / L'Académie de Lewiston Falls (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
 
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 193 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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