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

Broiler Capital of the World

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, September 1, 2012
1. Broiler Capital of the World Marker
Inscription. 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.

Inset:
Belfast's leadership in the broiler industry was recognized every July with a weekend festival featuring the "World's Biggest" chicken barbecue at City Park. Crowning the Maine Broiler Queen was a highlight of the festival. Miss Gloria Pettengill was crowned in 1964.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 28.)
 
Location. 44° 25.564′ N, 69° 0.157′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is on Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the middle of Belfast Commons Park, below Cross Street. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
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By James True, May 29, 2012
2. Broiler Capital of the World Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oldest Manufacturer (here, next to this marker); On this site (a few steps from this marker); Five-Masted Beauty (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Benevolent Bequest (about 700 feet away); Regal Passenger Steamer (about 700 feet away); The Finest and the Fastest (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Conflagration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain 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.
 
Categories. AnimalsIndustry & Commerce
 
Broiler Capital of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. Broiler Capital of the World Marker
Broiler Capital of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, September 1, 2012
4. Broiler Capital of the World Marker
Two side-by-side markers in the series. Marker 27 (The Oldest Manufacturer) is on the left, Marker 28 (Broiler Capital of the World) is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 21 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.
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