Saco River, Maine

Saco River, Maine


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Aerial view of the Saco River during a flood that washed the West Buxton bridge away. The West Buxton dam can be seen, as well as the flooded area. Rt. 112 runs along the river near the power generating station.

On the far left is the landing for the ferry from Boom Rd. on the Buxton side to the Hollis side which used while the bridge was out.

The buildings from left to right on the far side of the river include the parsonage for the West Buxton Free Will Baptist Church, York Mutual Insurance Company, Win Townsend's store and the Masonic Lodge, Christian Row Rd., Stan Townsend's building and the barber shop, the Tydol Gasoline station, bank, surge station and the woolen mill.

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  • Title: West Buxton and a flooded Saco River, ca. 1936
  • Creation Date: circa 1936
  • Subject Date: circa 1936
  • Town: West Buxton
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.A202
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Logs being driven down the Saco River towards the lumber yards of Biddeford/Saco, circa 1894. In the spring began the log drive and the dangerous log jams on icy rivers as the logs are moved from the forest to the mills. Working on the river was a precarious profession for the loggers using peaveys to keep the logs moving.

A peavey had a long handle with a pincer to hook onto a log, grab it, and move it. This tool was the only thing they had at that time to help break up the log jams. The river drivers were the most highly skilled, and the most highly respected men in the logging camps. Notice the logs stacked into small islands on the river. Three church spires of Biddeford can be seen in the distant background.

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  • Title: Log Drive, Saco River, ca. 1894
  • Creator: W.H. Parish Publishing Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1894
  • Subject Date: circa 1894
  • Town: Biddeford
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 15.1 cm x 18.2 cm
  • Local Code: 2390
  • Collection: General Image Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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