Making a Living

Making a Living (HM14C4)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 25.662', W 69° 0.336'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Colonel Philo Hersey (panel #9) and two business partners built this imposing shoe factory during the post Civil War period of industrial expansion. At peak production, over 500 workers stood side by side producing several thousand pairs of shoes and boots every day. Making shoes was the economic mainstay of Belfast industry prior to the opening of the chicken processing plants in the 1940s. Plagued with an aging building and continuing labor difficulties, this factory was closed in 1962 and dismantled in 1965. Two shoe factories continued in more modern facilities until the early 1980s. The shoe weathervane that originally graced the tower is now part of the Belfast Museum collection.
HM NumberHM14C4
Marker Number1
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499554 N 4919378
Decimal Degrees44.42770000, -69.00560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.662', W 69° 0.336'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 39.72" N, 69° 0' 20.16" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33 Main St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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