Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti
— The Museum in the Streets —
Belfast in the mid-20th century was firmly established as "Broiler Capital of the World". Hundreds of thousands of chickens were raised in giant barns throughout Waldo County. At the peak of the industry 22,000 birds per hour were made ready for shipping at two plants situated on the waterfront. When Penobscot Poultry Company opened its state-of-the-art facility on this site in 1956, presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson was present at the opening ceremony. The plant closed in 1988 and was demolished in 1997.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 28.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1956.
Location. 44° 25.564′ N, 69° 0.157′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on Cross Street. Marker is located in the middle of Belfast Commons Park, below 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 Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (here, next to this marker); On this site (a few steps from this marker); Five-Masted Beauty / Une beauté à cinq mâts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Benevolent Bequest / Un legs généreux (about 700 feet away); Regal Passenger Steamer / Un paquebot à vapeur majestueux (about 700 feet away); The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Albert W. Stevens / Le Capitaine Albert W. Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #28 (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 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 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?