Main Streets

Mexico

Mexico

As paper mills were established at Rumford Falls in the 1890s, many workers and their families settled in Ridlonville in the adjacent town of Mexico.

Brownville Junction

Brownville Junction

Automobiles are quite visible in this view of Main Street in Brownville Junction

Deer Isle

Deer Isle

With the exception of A.O. Goss’s general store at the left, small wooden shops line both sides of Deer Isle’s Main Street in this pre-World War I photograph.

Cranberry Islands

Cranberry Islands

Main Street or Main Road on Big Cranberry Island shows the rural nature of the island

Searsport

Searsport

In nearly a century since this photograph was taken, the trees lining Searsport’s Main Street have disappeared

Belfast

Belfast

Dating from about 1920, this view of upper Main Street in Belfast terminates at the public square

Saco

Saco

Saco and its twin city of Biddeford were among the first Maine communities to become large-scale textile manufacturing centers

Norway

Norway

Of the three commercial buildings in the center of this view of Norway’s Main Street in the 1920s, only the Knights of Pythias Hall at the left now stands.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor

This circa 1910 view of Main Street, Bar Harbor, captures the appearance of the commercial district of one of America’s leading Victorian summer resorts

Princeton

Princeton

The automotive age of the 1920s is much in evidence in this view of Main Street in the Washington County lumber town of Princeton.

Limerick

Limerick

Commercial and residential properties were comfortably integrated along Limerick’s picturesque tree-lined Main Street.

East Wilton

East Wilton

At a prominent intersection along East Wilton’s quiet Main Street stands H.H. Johnson’s general store. 

Thomaston

Thomaston

The magnificent elms which merged to form a leafy arch across Thomaston’s broad Main Street

Ripley

Ripley

A century ago dozens of crossroads villages in rural Maine looked like Main Street in Ripley

Presque Isle

Presque Isle

In the early 20th century, fraternal organizations played a more visible role in their communities than they do today.

Kennebunk

Kennebunk

Kennebunk Village prospered in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a commercial and manufacturing center