Worumbo Mill

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Worumbo Mill
Worumbo Mills from Androscoggin, Lisbon Falls, ME.jpg
Worumbo Mill is located in Maine
Worumbo Mill
Worumbo Mill is located in the US
Worumbo Mill
Location Canal St., Lisbon Falls, Maine
Coordinates 43°59′37″N 70°4′5″W / 43.99361°N 70.06806°W / 43.99361; -70.06806Coordinates: 43°59′37″N 70°4′5″W / 43.99361°N 70.06806°W / 43.99361; -70.06806
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1864 (1864)
Architect William H. Stevens
Architectural style No Style Listed
NRHP Reference #

73000235

[1]
Added to NRHP October 15, 1973

The Worumbo Mill was a historic mill on the bank of the Androscoggin River in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Founded in 1864, it was at one point the community's largest employer. Its main building, dating to its founding, was destroyed by fire in 1987. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

Description[edit]

The surviving elements of the Worumbo Mill stand on the northern bank of the Androscoggin River, just south of the center of the village of Lisbon Falls. Originally a sprawling utilitarian 19th building adorned with additions and decorative towers,[2] only two 1920 concrete buildings, one of one story and the other of three, stand today. Both are set close to Canal Street, adjacent to the dam (now used for hydroelectric generation) that provided power to the mill.

History[edit]

The Worumbo Mill began as the brainchild of two residents of Lisbon Falls, Edward Plummer and H.A. Tibbetts. Later, Oliver Moses, a businessman from Bath was brought in as they sought to build a factory producing fine woolens. Ground was broken in 1864 and production began in 1865, with Mr. Moses as president of the company. Operating losses were substantial that first year at $100,000. This amount is roughly equivalent to $2 million today. During the 1920s an expansion was added to the mill and is the white building that stands today. The 1940s saw equipment upgrades. Due to pressure from overseas clothing manufacturers, the mill announced that it would be closing in 1964 and all 600 employees would lose their jobs. An attempt to restart production later failed.[3]

A fire started in the original portion of the mill on July 23, 1987, completely destroying the old portion of the complex, but the 1920s expansion was spared from the flames.[3] All told, 283 firefighters responded to the blaze. Although the fire was controlled in five hours, using 15,000 gallons of water per minute to do so (a total of 17.8 million gallons was used the first day) crews stayed for another 13 to extinguish the flames, and returned each day for over a week to be sure no flare-ups occurred. The Maine Forest Service responded with a helicopter to drop water, and crews from many surrounding towns assisted in the battle. It was one of Maine's largest industrial fires.[4]

The 1920s portion of the mill was also featured in the Stephen King novel 11/22/63.[5] The mill was demolished in 2016.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Worumbo Mill" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Welcome lisbonmainehistory.org - Hostmonster.com". Lisbonmainehistory.org. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  4. ^ http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2012/07/11/overflow-crowd-remembers-worumbo-fire/1222354
  5. ^ "Al's Diner - Worumbo Mill Location Shots". Stephenking.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.