Bethel, Maine A Brief History

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Bethel, Maine A Brief History

Author: Stanley Russell Howe
Publisher: The History Press
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 160
Cover Price: $ 21.99

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This hardy Maine town was originally Sudbury, Canada, where rugged settlers withstood natural hardships and Indian enemies. With agricultural growth, more families began settling the rich intervals along the Androscoggin River. Howe outlines the birth of Gould Academy, the railroad’s importance, Bethel’s post–Civil War industrialization and the rise of modern tourism spawned by Sunday River Ski Resort.

Background Information

Maine was still part of Massachusetts at the time of the Revolution, but soon separated and was admitted as a state. Railroads became the fastest transportation for people and the most economical for goods during the 19th century.