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Westbrook

WESTBROOK, a city of Cumberland county, Maine, U.S.A., on the Presumpscot river, 5 m. N.W. of Portland. Pop. (1890) 6632, (1900) 7283 (1673 foreign- born), (1910) 8281. It is served by the Maine Central and the Boston & Maine railways. In Westbrook are the Walker Memorial Library (1894) and the Warren Library (1879). The river provides water-power, and among the manufactures are paper, silks, cotton goods, etc. In 1814 Westbrook was separated from Falmouth and incorporated as a township under the name of Stroud water, and in 1815 the present name was adopted in honour of Colonel Thomas Westbrook, who had distinguished himself in wars with the Indians. In 1871 Deering, now a part of Portland, was taken from the township. A city charter was granted to Westbrook in 1889 and adopted in 1891.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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