A century ago dozens of crossroads villages in rural Maine looked like Main Street in Ripley
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In the early 20th century, fraternal organizations played a more visible role in their communities than they do today.
Kennebunk Village prospered in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a commercial and manufacturing center
In the early 20th century, the gateway from the south to Ellsworth’s Main Street business district was this steel bridge
The presence of the automobile was already being felt on Wiscasset’s Main Street when this picture was taken in the 1920s.
Small frame commercial buildings run along the harbor side of Main Street, Stonington
The horse and buggy meets the automobile in this view of Main Street in Rome, population 440 in 1910.
Main Street Rockland’s Victorian brick commercial buildings
During the 1890s, Main Street developed as Northeast Harbor’s commercial center
Two early 20th century business blocks sheathed in ornamental pressed tin dominate the main street of Mars Hill
Fort Fairfield thrived in the early 20th century as a result of the boom in Aroostook County potato farming.
As the shire town for Franklin County, Farmington has been a center for the courts, commerce, and education
The frame Victorian commercial blocks lining Fairfield’s Main Street in the 1920s
Started as early as the 1850s, paper mills were the economic force which transformed Mechanic Falls
The twin towers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church dominate the center of this view of Main Street, Lille
As paper mills were established at Rumford Falls in the 1890s, many workers and their families