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1912 Watson Block Fire

Oct. 29, 1912, several buildings on North Main Street were destroyed in the Watson Block fire. Cupolas on the schoolhouses on Sanford Street (Schoolhouse Hill) are visible in the background.

1894 Bicentennial

Someone with early photography skills took these pictures. Thank you who ever you were. Bates Opera House in its original 3 floor configuration. The fire (see Bates Bldg page) and subsequent renovations added the 4th floor as it has today. This view was likely taken from the church as the arches had not been built …

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