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View at Burnham, Maine

View at Burnham, Maine

Burnham is on the outermost northern boundary of Waldo County. It is eight miles in length north to south, and the same east and west. An agricultural town, Burnham was originally called Twenty-five Mile Pond Plantation and was incorporated in 1824.

R.R. Station, Brooks, Maine

R.R. Station, Brooks, Maine

Passenger rail service first came to Brooks on November 1, 1870. Regular service ran from Belfast to Burnham and in 1874, the total number of passengers carried was 17,244.

Untitled, Colonial Theatre, Belfast, Maine 1932

Untitled, Colonial Theatre, Belfast, Maine 1932

Rising like the phoenix from the ashes, the Colonial Theatre was rebuilt in 1924 following the fire which destroyed the original theater built in 1912. In addition to showing movies, popular entertainments included stage shows, lectures, boxing matches, bathing beauty contests and “get rich quick nights.”

Untitled, The Puddle Dock, Belfast, ME Ca. 1915

Untitled, The Puddle Dock, Belfast, ME    Ca. 1915

The Puddle Dock, Dock Square, Sandy Beach are all names used through the years to describe the harbor front land just south of the bridge. It was originally used for dockage purposes, the water being let in by a sluiceway at high tide.

Mayor Hanson Res, Belfast, Maine ca. 1910

Mayor Hanson Res, Belfast, Maine   ca. 1910

In 1892, Edgar F. Hanson built his lavish mansion, Colonia Villa, on Northport Avenue, opposite what is now City Park. He was a newspaper and magazine publisher, general manager of Dana Sarsaparilla, and ten-term mayor.

Shipping off New York

Shipping off New York

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1860. Behind the ship headed into New York is the Sandy Hook light. The vessel is shortening sail perhaps to take aboard a pilot

US Ship of the Line Under Tow

US Ship of the Line Under Tow

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1850. We do not know which ship Buttersworth painted here. The United States Navy never had many warships of this size and not all existed when Buttersworth was painting.

HMS MONARCH in Portsmouth, England

HMS MONARCH in Portsmouth, England

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c. 1870. In 1869, American George Peabody died in his adopted country: Britain. Here his body is being loaded on the HMS MONARCH

American Frigate in Distress

American Frigate in Distress

James E. Buttersworth, signed. Riding to a couple of anchors in a last attempt to avoid going ashore, this American frigate flies its flag upside down as a distress signal.

Ship in Heavy Storm

Ship in Heavy Storm

James E. Buttersworth, signed. Here a two-decked ship of the line rides in a major gale.

Two American Clipper Ships

Two American Clipper Ships

James E. Buttersworth, signed. These vessels, running downwind in a breeze, have the big single topsails common to all ships prior to the 1860s.