Despite its gritty reputation, Rumford is more than a typical mill town. Oxford
Despite its gritty reputation, Rumford is more than a typical mill town. Oxford Paper Company polluted the Androscoggin River, but these days the river is closer to meeting minimum federal clean water standards. Steve Eldridge, the new town manager, wants to rehabilitate Chisholm Park in the business district; renovate housing; fill an industrial park off Route 108; and attract a "creative arts" economy, perhaps even including a satellite campus of the Maine College of Art. Residents want to diversify the economy, though most can't imagine the town without a mill. A number of people have moved to the town recently from other places, drawn by its historic and small town appeal.
Wood, Monica, "Despite its gritty reputation, Rumford is more than a typical mill town. Oxford" (2005). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 2971.