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Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston, Maine's second-largest city, is located on the banks of the Androscoggin River. Lewiston has a population of 41,150 and, together with its sister city, Auburn, makes up the Lewiston-Auburn metropolitan area. The urbanized downtown area retains many characteristics of the 19th-century mill era, while the suburban areas are more residential. Lewiston is home to Bates College and USM Lewiston-Auburn College. Large businesses include Central Maine Medical Center, Country Kitchen Bakery and a Walmart Distribution Center. Lewiston offers a variety of museums and cultural events, many celebrating the city's Franco-American heritage. Lewiston has also become a locus for Somali and Bantu refugees, who are helping to rejuvenate the economy by opening shops and small businesses.

Lewiston was first settled in 1770, and incorporated as a town in 1795. Farming was the principal occupation, but the falls on the river were quickly harnessed to power saw, grist and fulling mills. In 1836, mill owner Michael Little and associates formed the Androscoggin Falls Dam, Lock & Canal Company, which later became Lewiston Water Power Company. In 1853, the Grand Trunk Railway was built, providing daily access to Canadian ports. In turn, French-Canadian workers migrated to Lewiston to work in the textile mills. The Bates Manufacturing Company, which occupied almost six acres of riverfront, was the city's largest employer for more than a hundred years. The Bates company also built tenement blocks to house the Yankee mill girls they employed. Lewiston incorporated as a city in 1863, and most municipal services were in place by 1900. In the 20th century, the textile industry in Lewiston followed the same pattern of decline as other New England cities, and the population has remained about the same since 1940. As the textile mills began to close following World War II, other businesses failed or moved to the suburbs. Recent redevelopment efforts have included repurposing the textile mills and building office parks and shopping centers.

A long tradition of industry and urban renewal puts Lewiston in a high-risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers in Lewiston may be at risk to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs. If you were exposed to asbestos in Lewiston and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Lewiston

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Lewiston where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Androscoggin Mills
  • Bates College
  • Bates Manufacturing Company
  • Carman Thompson Company
  • Central Maine General Hospital
  • Central Maine Medical Center
  • Central Maine Power Company
  • Eastern Refractories Inc.
  • Hill Manufacturing Company
  • Lewiston and Auburn Street Railway Company
  • Lewiston Brunswich and Bath St. Railway Company
  • Lewiston Gas Light Company
  • Lfc Power Systems
  • W.S. Libbey Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Lewiston, Maine

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Lewiston, Maine. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Thoracic (Lung) Oncology Center
100 Campus Drive
Suite 102
Scarborough, ME 04074

Distance: 35.9 miles


600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Distance: 96.2 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Lewiston, Maine

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Lewiston, Maine. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Tracey L. Weigel
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Division Director of Thoracic Surgery
818 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Distance: 30.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Lewiston, Maine

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Maine, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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