Lewiston is the most central city in Androscoggin County in Maine, and the second-largest city in the state. The population was 36,592 at the 2010 census. It is one of two principal cities of and included within the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine metropolitan New England city and town area and the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area, which as of 2006 census estimates has a combined population of 107,702. It is also part of the extended Portland-Lewiston-South Portland, Maine combined statistical area, which has a combined population 621,219 as of 2006 estimates. The city has historical French-Canadian connections as much development of the city occurred during the migration of French-Canadians from Montreal, Canada. A former mill town, it is located in south-central Maine, at the falls of the Androscoggin River, across from Auburn. Lewiston and Auburn are often considered a single entity and referred to as Lewiston–Auburn, colloquially abbreviated as L-A or L/A. They have a combined population of 59,647 people. Together, Lewiston-Auburn is somewhat smaller than Maine's largest city, Portland (excluding its own suburbs). Lewiston is most notably home to Bates College, which was founded by local preacher, and politician Oren Burbank Cheney, and financed by Lewiston developer, Benjamin Bates, the wealthiest person in the state for his lifetime in the city. The city also hold the college's Museum of Art. The city sent many citizens, as well as students from Bates to fight in the American Civil War, resulting in Maine being the second most active states in the Union behind Massachusetts. The vast majority fought for the North but some select participants moved south for the Confederacy. The city has numerous traditional and festivals that draw crowds from around Maine such as the Patrick Dempsey Challenge, Liberty Festival, Festival FrancoFun, The Great Falls Balloon Festival, and the Emerge Film Festival. It is also home to the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College, and two significant regional general hospitals: Central Maine Medical Center and Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. Wikipedia
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