“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Making a Living


— The Museum in the Streets —

Making a Living Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
1. Making a Living Marker
Inscription.  Colonel Philo Hersey (panel #9) and two business partners built this imposing shoe factory during the post Civil War period of industrial expansion. At peak production, over 500 workers stood side by side producing several thousand pairs of shoes and boots every day. Making shoes was the economic mainstay of Belfast industry prior to the opening of the chicken processing plants in the 1940s. Plagued with an aging building and continuing labor difficulties, this factory was closed in 1962 and dismantled in 1965. Two shoe factories continued in more modern facilities until the early 1980s. The shoe weathervane that originally graced the tower is now part of the Belfast Museum collection.
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 44° 25.662′ N, 69° 0.336′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker
Making a Living Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, September 1, 2012
2. Making a Living Marker
is on Main Street south of Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Circus Comes to Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Conflagration (about 500 feet away); Captain Albert W. Stevens (about 500 feet away); The Finest and the Fastest (about 600 feet away); Main and High (about 600 feet away); The Windsor Hotel (about 600 feet away); The Silver Screen (about 800 feet away); Belfast City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #1 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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