Broiler Capital of the World

Broiler Capital of the World (HM14G7)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 25.564', W 69° 0.157'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Belfast in the mid-20th century was firmly established as "Broiler Capital of the World". Hundreds of thousands of chickens were raised in giant barns throughout Waldo County. At the peak of the industry 22,000 birds per hour were made ready for shipping at two plants situated on the waterfront. When Penobscot Poultry Company opened its state-of-the-art facility on this site in 1956, presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson was present at the opening ceremony. The plant closed in 1988 and was demolished in 1997.

Belfast's leadership in the broiler industry was recognized every July with a weekend festival featuring the "World's Biggest" chicken barbecue at City Park. Crowning the Maine Broiler Queen was a highlight of the festival. Miss Gloria Pettengill was crowned in 1964.
HM NumberHM14G7
Marker Number28
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499791 N 4919196
Decimal Degrees44.42606667, -69.00261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.564', W 69° 0.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 33.84" N, 69° 0' 9.42" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1170-1348 Cross St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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