History of Brewer, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Brewer is situated in the southern part of Penobscot
County, on the eastern side of the Penobscot River. Its dimensions are about 6 miles along the river, with a width
of 3 miles. Holden bounds it on the east, Orrington on the south, and Bangor lies on the northwest, with the Penobscot
as a dividing line. The surface is quite even, the soil generally a clayey loam, and considered good for agricultural
purposes, especially along the river. The principal crop is hay. The highest eminence is Meeting-house Hill. The
streams are the Segeunkedunk Stream, emptying into the Penobscot at the southern part of the town ; Felt’s Brook,
flowing through the middle of the town to the river; and Eaton Brook, discharging into the Penobscot, near the
north part of the town. The centers of business are Brewer, on the river near the middle of the town; Brewer Village,
at the mouth of Segeunkedunk, at the south of the town, and North Brewer, near the northern line. The first two
villages have each a post-office. Brewer has seven water-powers, all on the Segeunkedunk Stream. The height of
the falls, beginning with the first on tide water, are 20, 14, 4, 12, 10, 14 and 12 feet respectively. There are
five saw-mills in the town, one using steam-power. These cut in the aggregate about 4,000,000 feet of long lumber
annually. There are at Brewer Village two grist-mills; and here and in other parts are shingle and clapboard-mills,
two planing and moulding-mills, three or more shipyards, two mast and spar makers, one boat-builder, thirteen or
more brickyards, two makers of brickmachines, three carriage-makers, a churn and spinning-wheel factory, one machine-shop,
one tannery, three shoe manufacturers, two stove and furnace makers, three ice companies, a marine railway, etc.
At the beginning of the present decade, Brewer Saving’s Bank held deposits and profits amounting to $39,922,07.
Brewer is on the Bangor and Bucksport Railroad, and is connected with Bangor with a covered toll-bridge.