“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Auburn in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Cities of the Androscoggin


Cities of the Androscoggin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, June 8, 2006
1. Cities of the Androscoggin Marker
Inscription. The Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Bridge was erected in 1909 and served as a vital link to the downtown. It also provided the connection for thousands of Canadian, Irish, Polish and other immigrants to the area. Recognizing the bridge’s historic significance, the cities undertook a plan for its re-use. In November 1994, after being abandoned for over 25 years, the bridge was opened to the public as one of the most unique bicycle/pedestrian facilities in the United States. The award winning design reflects the railroad and mill history of the area.
Location. 44° 5.539′ N, 70° 13.506′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (Maine Route 136). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn ME 04210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bonney Park (a few steps from this marker); Lewiston Maine Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The bridge crosses the Androscoggin River near Twenty-Mile Falls. Bonney Park is on the Auburn side of the bridge. There is also a park on the Lewiston side, where a balloon festival has been held over the last few years.
Also see . . .
The Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, June 5, 2006
2. The Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Bridge

1. A Brief History of the City of Lewiston. by Douglas I Hodgkin on the City of Lewiston website. (Submitted on May 28, 2007.) 

2. Lewiston/Auburn Historical Walking Tour. (Submitted on May 28, 2007.)
Additional comments.
1. The Monopoly-Busting Spur
This bridge was built to carry a spur of the Grand Trunk Railway’s Portland-Montreal line to Auburn and Lewiston. The spur terminated at the Grand Trunk Station in Lewiston on Lincoln Street, just across the river from Auburn. The cities of Lewiston and Auburn formed and funded the Lewiston Auburn Railroad in 1872 to build the 7½ mile spur from Danville Junction in order to break the freight monopoly of the Maine Central Railroad, which exclusively served the two cities. The Grand Trunk Railway, and then Canadian National Railways, operated passenger service to Auburn and Lewiston on this spur through the 1950’s. The two cities were considered to be on the line between Portland and Montreal for ticketing purposes, although it appears that shuttle trains—and later, buses—met the Portland-Montreal trains at Danville Junction.
    — Submitted May 28, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
View from the Auburn side image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, June 5, 2006
3. View from the Auburn side
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2007, by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,514 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2007, by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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