Immigration (HM26RT)

Location: Waterville, ME 04901 Kennebec County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 32.836', W 69° 37.788'

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The Museum in the Streets

The Franco-Americans who settled in the Central Maine area in the 19th and early 20th centuries came for the most part from Quebec counties bordering Maine, such as Beauce and Frontenac.
Eventually, other immigrants from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and other more remote counties in Quebec, such as those on the Gaspe Peninsula, came here to settle.

Although their reasons for coming were varied, most came to find work which was available in the mill towns along Maine's principal rivers.

Most of those who came to Waterville lived in the neighborhoods called "the Flats" ("Le Elatte") and "the Plains" ("La Plaine"), settling along the river, close to their work place. Entire families or individuals came here on foot and in horse-drawn buggies. After the Civil War, a few came by train.
HM NumberHM26RT
Placed ByFranco American Heritage Society of Kennebec Valley, citizens of Waterville, and City of Waterville, Maine
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Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 449972 N 4932852
Decimal Degrees44.54726667, -69.62980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 32.836', W 69° 37.788'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 32' 50.16" N, 69° 37' 47.28" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 Water St, Waterville ME 04901, US
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