Below are some of the major events that have been documented in our local history. Please check back as we continue to develop and decorate our timeline. If you have any historic data, images, or ideas for future additions , please contact the LA It’s Happening Here Webmaster.
Lewiston Falls Academy chartered. Lewiston Falls Manufacturing Co. founded
Cotton manufacture begins in Lewiston Minot Shoe Co., first shoe factory, Auburn.
Spring flood on Androscoggin.
Auburn incorporated as a town.
Lincoln Mill (now Libbey Mill) built.
Benjamin Bates visits the area. Lewiston Falls Journal established. E. F. Packard shoe company established.
Bates and Hill Companies chartered. Lewiston High School opened. Lewiston 3584, Auburn 2840
Lewiston Falls Bank chartered.
Local cholera epidemic. Androscoggin County formed.
Great Auburn fire. Auburn Hall built. Mob burned Catholic chapel on Lincoln St. Maine State Seminary founded in Lewiston. Bates College is founded, in Lewiston.
Franklin Water Power Company chartered.
Portion of Danville north of Little Androscoggin River annexed to Auburn.
Local cotton and shoe mills prospered.
Lewiston became a city.
Seminary became Bates College.
Remainder of Danville annexed to Auburn.
Auburn incorporated as a city.
The Roak Block is built on Main Street in Auburn and the Monroe building is built ,by the Monroe family, on the SE corner of Lisbon and Pine streets, in Lewiston.
Lewiston City Hall constructed. Barker Mill constructed.
Located at the corner of Lisbon and Pine, is the Erected in two stages (1870 and 1873), the Pilsbury Block is among Lewiston’s earliest surviving commercial buildings..
Lewiston-Auburn Railroad established.
Manufacturers’ National Bank founded.
Music Hall opened on Lisbon Street.
Le Messager, local French paper, founded.
Lewiston & Auburn Horse Railroad
ELHS destroyed by fire.
F. X. Marcotte store established.
Grey Nuns establish first hospital in L-A
Lewiston City Building burned.
Central Maine General Hospital founded. Auburn Public Library opened.
Lewiston Daily Sun established.
Electric trolleys replace Horse Railroad.
Flood washed away both local bridges.
Lewiston receives water from Lake Auburn. Peck’s “Great Department Store” opened.
Coram Library cornerstone laid.
Empire Theater opened. Auburn Library opened in current building. Cotton mills adopt 53-hour work week.
Begin to build SS. Peter & Paul Church. Deer Rips Dam generated electricity.
Begin to build Kora Shrine Temple.
Auburn Post Office built.
Between 1908 and 1910 the Kora Temple on Sabattus street was built.
First major Maine surfaced highway, Auburn to Portland.
Depositor’s Trust Company was established at 55 Lisbon STreet, in Lewiston.
Seltzer & Rydholm established. Pettengill Park established.
Lewiston Armory completed.
Great New Auburn fire.
Lewiston-Auburn Airport opened.
Flood takes out South Bridge.
Shoe strike; eight Auburn shoe firms close.
SS. Peter & Paul church completed.
New Lewiston City Charter took effect.
First local textile union contract.
Buses replace trolleys for public transit.
Gov. Sewall campaigns against Androscoggin pollution.
Telephone dial system introduced here.
Television arrives in L-A.
Geiger Brothers opened in Lewiston
Androscoggin Mill closed.
Last passenger rail service in L-A. Lewiston adopts one-way street system.
WCBB-TV formed. New ELHS opened. Lost Valley ski area opened.
CMVTI opened. Clay-Liston fight in Lewiston.
Pollution Control Authority established.
Lewiston Mall opened. Auburn chosen as “All American City”.
Hill Mill closed.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge
New Lewiston High School opened.
Lillian Caron first woman mayor, Lewiston.
Lewiston takes full title to Bates Mills.
John Jenkins inaugurated first black mayor, Lewiston.
Lee Young, first woman mayor, Auburn
January Ice Storm.
Large number of Somalis move to Lewiston
Many and One rally against racism.