The view of Bridge Street from Main Street, left, was taken in the early 1970s. The building on the left was the Warren Furniture Store. The next building was an apartment house with a Salvation Army Thrift Store on the first floor. On the right is Paul’s Shoe Store (formerly Carr’s Shoe Store) and the Papermakers Union office. Coiffures by Irene occupied the next building, which was originally a New England Telephone Co. office, and the Bridge Bar was the building next to the bridge over the Presumpscot River. Stultz Electric Co. and the old Bean house can be seen on the other side of the bridge. The photo on the right shows the area today. Portland Pie Company occupies the building on the left, and the apartment house is gone – a parking lot and the Bridge Street spur now occupy the space.

On the right The Frog & Turtle Restaurant is located where the old shoe store and union office used to be, the Salvation Army is in the next building and the old bar is gone. The Riverfront office building occupies the land on the other side of the river, where Stultz Electric Co. once stood.

Research and photos courtesy of Mike Sanphy

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