Title

Article on the town of Bakerstown, which was flooded by the creation of Wyman Da

Authors

Pat Friedman

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

12-2003

Pages

40-43

Abstract

Article on the town of Bakerstown, which was flooded by the creation of Wyman Dam, and now lies beneath the waters of Wyman Lake. Located on the Kennebec River 40 miles north of Waterville, the town was founded in 1783 by the Baker family. By 1825 the population was 300. Then, in the early 1900s, James Kelleher, first director of Central Maine Power (CMP), envisioned a lake there instead. CMP bought up the land, some by eminent domain, and construction of Wyman Dam began in 1928. By the time the $15 million dam was completed, some 400 people were ousted from their homes, fleeing in all directions. Some, like Floyd Hunnewell, used much of his family's old house to build his new one. The remains of other homesteads still lie beneath the waters.

Subjects

Bakerstown, Dams

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