L-A Quick Facts - L-A`s Timeline

L-A`s Timeline

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.

1834

Lewiston Falls Academy chartered. Lewiston Falls Manufacturing Co. founded

1836

Cotton manufacture begins in Lewiston Minot Shoe Co., first shoe factory, Auburn.

1837

Spring flood on Androscoggin.

1842

Auburn incorporated as a town.

1845

Lincoln Mill (now Libbey Mill) built.Bates Mill Constuction

1847

Benjamin Bates visits the area. Lewiston Falls Journal established. E. F. Packard shoe company established.

1850

Bates and Hill Companies chartered. Lewiston High School opened. Lewiston 3584, Auburn 2840

1852

Lewiston Falls Bank chartered.

1854

Local cholera epidemic. Androscoggin County formed.

1855

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.

1857

Franklin Water Power Company chartered.

1859

Portion of Danville north of Little Androscoggin River annexed to Auburn.

1860

Auburn City Hall

1861

Local cotton and shoe mills prospered.

1863

Lewiston became a city.

1864

Seminary became Bates College.

1867

Remainder of Danville annexed to Auburn.

1869

Auburn incorporated as a city.

1871

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.Munroe Building in Lewiston

1872

Lewiston City Hall constructed. Barker Mill constructed.

1873

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.Pilsbury Block.

1874

Lewiston-Auburn Railroad established.

1875

Manufacturers’ National Bank founded.

1877

Music Hall opened on Lisbon Street.

1880

Le Messager, local French paper, founded.

1881

Lewiston & Auburn Horse Railroad

1884

ELHS destroyed by fire.

1888

F. X. Marcotte store established.

1889

Grey Nuns establish first hospital in L-ASt. Mary's

1890

Lewiston City Building burned.

1891

Central Maine General Hospital founded. Auburn Public Library opened.

1893

Lewiston Daily Sun established.

1895

Electric trolleys replace Horse Railroad.

1896

Flood washed away both local bridges.

1899

Lewiston receives water from Lake Auburn. Peck’s “Great Department Store” opened.

1900

Coram Library cornerstone laid.Stanley Steamer

1904

Empire Theater opened. Auburn Library opened in current building. Cotton mills adopt 53-hour work week.

1905

Begin to build SS. Peter & Paul Church. Deer Rips Dam generated electricity.

1908

Begin to build Kora Shrine Temple.

1909

Auburn Post Office built.

1910

CMMC operating room Between 1908 and 1910 the Kora Temple on Sabattus street was built.

1912

First major Maine surfaced highway, Auburn to Portland.

1921

Depositor’s Trust Company was established at 55 Lisbon STreet, in Lewiston.55 Lisbon Street Est. 1921

1923

Seltzer & Rydholm established. Pettengill Park established.

1925

Lewiston Armory completed.

1933

Great New Auburn fire.

1935

Lewiston-Auburn Airport opened.Music Hall

1936

Flood takes out South Bridge.

1937

Shoe strike; eight Auburn shoe firms close.

1938

SS. Peter & Paul church completed.Lisbon Street

1939

New Lewiston City Charter took effect.

1940

First local textile union contract.

1941

Buses replace trolleys for public transit.

1942

Gov. Sewall campaigns against Androscoggin pollution.

1945

George Bush

1947

Telephone dial system introduced here.

1953

Television arrives in L-A.

1955

Geiger Brothers opened in Lewiston

1956

Androscoggin Mill closed.

1960

Last passenger rail service in L-A. Lewiston adopts one-way street system.

1961

WCBB-TV formed. New ELHS opened. Lost Valley ski area opened.

1962

John F. Kennedy

1965

CMVTI opened. Clay-Liston fight in Lewiston.

1967

Pollution Control Authority established.

1968

Lewiston Mall opened. Auburn chosen as “All American City”.

1971

Hill Mill closed.

1973

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge

1974

New Lewiston High School opened.

1976

Lillian Caron first woman mayor, Lewiston.

1990

Joey Gamache

1992

Lewiston takes full title to Bates Mills.

1994

John Jenkins inaugurated first black mayor, Lewiston.

1996

Lee Young, first woman mayor, Auburn

1998

January Ice Storm.

2001

Large number of Somalis move to Lewiston

2003

Many and One rally against racism.