Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Biggest Little City / Une Grande Petite Ville
— The Museum in the Streets —
Despite the decline in ship building, the port of Belfast remained busy at the turn of the 20th century. Rapid industrial development took place all along the west side waterfront, and steamships and railroads became the primary movers of goods. Granaries and creameries, clothing and shoe manufacturers, a fuel company and granite works were among the varied industries that formed the economic base of the city. On the east side, ice houses, brickworks, a foundry, and a paper mill were the principal industries. Local shopkeepers sold a variety of goods, and people from communities all around Penobscot Bay relied on steamboat "excursions" to Belfast for a day of shopping. The photograph, taken c. 1900, shows a waterfront crowded with commercial interest, attesting to the vitality of the Belfast economy.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 21.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & VesselsThe Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 44° 25.975′ N, 69° 0.396′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on Footbridge Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is at the east end of the footbridge over the river. 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. Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Albert W. Stevens / Le Capitaine Albert W. Stevens (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés (approx. 0.4 miles away); Making a Living / Gagner sa vie (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Nut House / Ah ! La noix (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Mayor / Le premier maire (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Circus Comes to Town / Le cirque arrive ! (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #21 (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 December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Transcription of the French text • Can you help?