The Bridgton News available to view online

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The Bridgton Public Library has digitised its collection of local papers, and the Bridgton News from 1870 onwards is available to read on screen at http://bridgton.advantage-preservation.com/

Using this address, the Home Page shown above is reached. The Search facility does not always find particular names or phrases. I have found it far easier to look at particular editions by their dates, as this type of search is very straightforward.

The old copies of The Bridgton News has contemporary reports of many happenings of the B&SR and B&HR and in addition, it carries reports of interest to the fans of the other Maine Two Footers, such as George Mansfield reporting that the Sandy River RR had poor track and ballast but magnificent equipment, and reports of the opening of the Kennebec Central.

The Bridgton News of the period of interest to the Bridgton fan appears to have been a 4 page publication, always dated for the Friday of the week. Very occasionally extra pages were published, but note that sometimes the scanning runs pages and editions together – if the page or edition wanted is not apparently available then take a look at the previous and next available files.

All copies examined so far have had the then current B&SR Timetable at the top right hand of the back page, normally page 4.

For starters have a look at these pages;-

http://bridgton.advantage-preservation.com/document/bridgton-news-1877-10-12-page-2

George Mansfield + B&B, page 2 column 1.

http://bridgton.advantage-preservation.com/document/bridgton-news-1883-01-26-page-1

The story behind the B&SR.

http://bridgton.advantage-preservation.com/document/bridgton-news-1883-01-26-page-2

First B&SR train arrives columns 2, 3 & 4. Track report column 6 under title Locomotive sparks.

http://bridgton.advantage-preservation.com/document/bridgton-news-1911-05-26-page-3

Perley’s Mills derailment, column 4 top, also note column 3, loco recovered.

 

Enjoy if you visit,

Terry

(with due acknowledgements to my fellow researchers Wes Ewell and Rick Uskert)

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