DescriptionAuburn and its more populous neighbor Lewiston flank the Androscoggin River 30 miles inland from its mouth. With a rich heritage of textile and shoe production and the more recent additions of electronics, plastics and other manufacturers, the two cities constitute what is often termed the “industrial heart” of Maine.
During the early 1840s the exploitation of waterpower potential spurred swift manufacturing development in Auburn. The shoe industry, which had begun in the 1830s, grew despite the laborious hand methods of the time. Then, about 1850, the factory system and the first laborsaving machinery were introduced. By the 1870s two million pairs of shoes were leaving Auburn factories each year.
Although shoe production has declined significantly, new technological and entrepreneurial enterprises have combined with the growth of a large service and retail industry and have successfully revitalized the city.
Opportunities exist for play as well as for work. Lake Auburn, 3 miles north, offers fishing at selected sites.
Things to SeeAndroscoggin Historical Society Museum
Skiing (Cross-country)Lost Valley Ski Area