Throughout its history, Maine's rivers have presented both opportunities for economic gain as well as obstacles to communication and transportation. Among the nineteenth century mechanics and engineers who designed the facilities and structures used to exploit or overcome these waterways, few attained the level of achievement reached by Daniel Beedy. Working primarily in rural Franklin County as a millwright and engineer, Beedy's career illustrates the importance of this little documented group of builders.
This site, authored by the Beede/Beedy family, provides a biography of engineer Daniel Beedy, as well as a discussion on his role in the construction of a pair of suspension bridges in Maine. The biography covers most of the major professional undertakings of Beedy's career, including the design of two textile mills; however, material on the technical details of Beedy's work is scarce. A long list of works cited provides resources for researchers in need of further information.