I am writing this as a resident of Belfast during the 1950s and ’60s. I am not going to quote data or statistics, but rather relay my experiences and observations during that period.

Belfast was not always considered the best city to live in Maine — a distinction recently noted in Downeast Magazine. Penobscot and Maplewood Poultry factories were thriving businesses during the ’50s and ’60s. Big trucks with crates full of live chickens meandered through the town, leaving feathers in their wake. Waste material from processing those chickens was pumped into the bay.

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