On Friday, May 18, visitors to the Millinocket Historical Society had the chance to participate in Can you find it? and/or Where is it? activities. Some were unsure whether to try or not, while others went for it. We plan to keep the activities available for a while and hope others will give it a try. It’s a different way to learn about unique items at the museum or to test your knowledge!
It is impossible to imagine the physical labor the men who worked constructing the mill had to do. The 1900 reproduction of the Bangor Daily Commercial gives a few statistics related to this endeavor. At the newspaper’s publication date (June 2), over 100,000 yards of soil had been excavated and a total of three times that will need to be moved. This number includes the canals. The article states, “Just think how many shovelfuls of dirt that means and how many blows of the pick.” Over 6 million bricks had been laid plus 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of cement used. It says that when finished, over one million feet of hard pine, over one and a half million feet of hemlock and spruce, and about 900,000 feet of white pine will have been used. And it all would have been cut, sawed and moved by men and horses.
“Approximately 25,000 cubic yards of masonry was used in the foundation. Other statistics include 2,800 tons of structural steel, 1,600 tons of steel in the penstocks, about six acres of gravel roofing, some ten acres of concrete floor, and about 1,400 windows. Such a mass of material cannot be correctly placed in a minute and the wonder grows that so vast an undertaking of construction could so nearly be completed in a year.” The article goes on to say that there was more to be done. After “operations commence at the works, the company will use annually 40,000 tons of coal, 46,000,000 feet of spruce logs, 4,500 tons of sulphur and about the same amount of lime.”
The museum has many photos available for viewing of the construction of both Millinocket and East Millinocket mills. Many were donated by Roger Boynton and others by other individuals throughout the museum’s existence in the community (since 1979).

*** Visit the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.