DescriptionThe larger of the “Twin Cities of the Androscoggin” and the second largest city in the state, Lewiston occupies the river's east bank, across from Auburn. Lewiston's early years gave little hint of what it would become. The first settler erected a log cabin within the present city limits in 1770, but subsequent growth was slow.
Although a woolen mill began operation in 1819, it was not until the waterpower of the Androscoggin River was harnessed about 1850 that Lewiston began developing into a major textile center. By the 1870s cottons and woolens were issuing from the mills of several large companies.
At the same time many French Canadians were recruited to work in the mills, leaving Lewiston with a rich Franco-American heritage. The city now is experiencing economic diversification, with strong service, retail and innovative technology sectors.
Another Lewiston tradition is Bates College, founded in 1864. A highlight of the 75-acre campus is rocky 340-foot Mount David. The view from its summit encompasses Lewiston, Auburn and the Androscoggin Valley and extends 50 miles west to the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. Lewiston Falls and Dam, which provided the city's industrial impetus, is best seen from Longley Bridge on US 202.
The Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., was built in 1907 as St. Mary's Parish. The converted church features stained-glass windows and hosts dance and musical performances; phone (207) 783-1585.
Visitor InfoLewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 415 Lisbon St. LEWISTON, ME 04243. Phone:(207)783-2249
Things to SeeBates College Museum of Art