Crossing the mighty Kennebec River, Augusta's Memorial Bridge was built in the late 1940s.  It allowed for much easier access to several important buildings on the city's east side, including the hospital and AMHI.  The bridge, which is approximately 2,100 feet long as two lanes for traffic and a sidewalk separated by a concrete barrier.  From it's opening until October of 1967, a toll was collected from each motorized vehicle crossing the bridge.  Once the bridge was paid for, the toll was ended.

For many years, a motel just off the bridge provided a place for business travelers, visitors to the hospitals, and tourists to stay.

The motel was reportedly built in the 1950s, but we can find no record of when it closed and was torn down.  It appears that it was located in the area of where CVS is now.

A post on the You Grew Up in Augusta, Maine Facebook page, which was taken from Roger Madore's Augusta postcard history book, describes a 1964 stay at the motel:

Motel better than the picture. We had room 18...every comfort one could ask for. Twin double beds, maple furniture...perfect but not cheap...$14.00

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You can see more old photos of our area on Roger Madore's Augusta - Postcard History Series Facebook page.

The Norumbega Inn

These photos all come from the Camden Real State Company website

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