Posts by Matt Wheeler:

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

Ellsworth

Ellsworth

In the early 20th century, the gateway from the south to Ellsworth’s Main Street business district was this steel bridge

Wiscasset

Wiscasset

The presence of the automobile was already being felt on Wiscasset’s Main Street when this picture was taken in the 1920s.

Stonington

Stonington

Small frame commercial buildings run along the harbor side of Main Street, Stonington

Rome

Rome

The horse and buggy meets the automobile in this view of Main Street in Rome, population 440 in 1910.

Rockland

Rockland

Main Street Rockland’s Victorian brick commercial buildings

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

During the 1890s, Main Street developed as Northeast Harbor’s commercial center

Mars Hill

Mars Hill

Two early 20th century business blocks sheathed in ornamental pressed tin dominate the main street of Mars Hill

Fort Fairfield

Fort Fairfield

Fort Fairfield thrived in the early 20th century as a result of the boom in Aroostook County potato farming.

Farmington

Farmington

As the shire town for Franklin County, Farmington has been a center for the courts, commerce, and education

Fairfield

Fairfield

The frame Victorian commercial blocks lining Fairfield’s Main Street in the 1920s

Mechanic Falls

Mechanic Falls

Started as early as the 1850s, paper mills were the economic force which transformed Mechanic Falls

Lille

Lille

The twin towers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church dominate the center of this view of Main Street, Lille

Mexico

Mexico

As paper mills were established at Rumford Falls in the 1890s, many workers and their families