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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23MJ_comfort-magazine-le-magazine-comfort_Augusta-ME.html
In July 1895, the first color issue of Comfort rolled off the presses to be sent nationwide to over a million subscribers. W. H. Gannett established his phenomenally successful magazine (1888-1942) to promote Giant Oxien, his patented nerve tonic …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23LO_d-w-adams-department-store-le-grand-magasin-de-d-w-adams_Augusta-ME.html
In 1910, Delbert W. Adams opened a store on Water Street offering "strictly first-class goods at a fair margin of profit." In 1920, Adams moved across the street to 190 Water Street, where the store operated until it closed in 1982. The Bussell & …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23LK_they-were-superior-buildings-des-batiments-pittoresques_Augusta-ME.html
By 1858 Water Street had been transformed from a wilderness into a bustling business district featuring many fine commercial brick and wooden buildings. That year a pioneer photographer, Simon Wing of Waterville, took two stereo views of this tran…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23LF_an-ornament-to-the-city-un-joyau-de-la-ville_Augusta-ME.html
In 1856, James North built Meonian Hall, named for Maeonia in Asia Minor. The Italianate building stood on the site of the Burton House, Augusta's first post office in 1789. During the Civil War, patriotic rallies and civic meetings were held, and…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23L5_the-great-fire-le-grand-incendie_Augusta-ME.html
On the morning of September 17, 1865, a fire began in the new, still unoccupied Dr. H. H. Hill building on the east side of Water Street, above Oak Street. An arsonist later convicted of setting a Portland fire was suspected, although nothing was …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23L4_old-fort-western-on-the-kennebec_Augusta-ME.html
Old Fort Western was built in 1754 at Cushnoc, an Abenaki name for the site of an important 17th-century Plymouth Colony trading post. The Old Fort's main house (barrack) is New England's oldest surviving wooden fort building and a symbol of the e…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23L1_a-new-look-for-water-street-un-nouvel-arrivant-dans-water-street_Augusta-ME.html
Holiday shoppers on Water Street in 1932 had a brand new store to shop! That year, the S.S. Kresge five and dime store opened in a modern Art Deco building unique in downtown Augusta. The new building replaced an Italianate block building that onc…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23KD_cornerstone-day-la-pose-des-premieres-pierres_Augusta-ME.html
On June 14, 1894, the cornerstones for the Masonic Temple and Lithgow Library were laid with imposing Masonic ceremonies. Parades, speeches, and feasting marked the day, and hundreds of people from all over the state participated. Constructed for …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23K8_steamboat-landing-l-embarquement-des-bateaux-a-vapeur_Augusta-ME.html
Steamboats debuted on the Kennebec in 1818. By 1823, the Kennebec Steam Navigation Company operated the Waterville between Bath and Augusta. A nationwide economic decline later forced them out of business, but the organization of the Kennebec & Bo…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM23K5_shipbuilding-days-lepoque-des-chantiers-navals_Augusta-ME.html
In the golden years of wooden shipbuilding, Maine-built ships carried American goods worldwide-and Augusta was no exception! Master Williams Jones' shipyard was located here in the 1840s & 1850s. From 1837 to 1856, 37 vessels were built in Augusta…
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