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Baileyville

Location Map for Baileyville

Location Map for Baileyville

Year Population
1970 2,167
1980 2,188
1990 2,031
2000 1,686
2010 1,521
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:10:58
W. Latitude 67:26:36
Maine House District 140
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 41.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 36.5
Population/sq.mi. (land) 41.7
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Baileyville Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

[BAY-lee-vil] is a town in Washington County, incorporated on February 19, 1828 from Plantation Number 7 ED, BPP. In 1847 it annexed land from Princeton.

sign: Welcome to Baileyville Village of Woodland (2013)

sign: Welcome to Baileyville Village of Woodland (’13) @

Woodland High School in Baileyville (2013)

Woodland High School in Baileyville (2013) @

Woodland is the name of Baileyville’s primary village. (Not to be confused with the Town of Woodland in Aroostook County)

Municipal Building & Fire Department (2013)

Municipal Building & Fire Department (2013) @

Woodland Public Library in Baileyville (2013)

Woodland Public Library in Baileyville (2013) @

In 1885, George Varney made no mention of mills in the town. His reference to the economy consisted of this observation: “The soil is divided between clay and gravelly loam. Oats, wheat, potatoes yield good crops. Trees of hemlock, beech and gray birch constitute most of the forests.”

Residential Street in Baileyville (2013)

Residential Street in Baileyville (2013) @

Residential Street in Baileyville (2013)

Residential Street in Baileyville (2013) @

Baileyville’s eastern boundary is with Canada, defined by the St. Croix River and Woodland Lake. Woodland, the main village, has been the site of a paper mill since 1905, thus the jump in population recorded at the 1910 census.

The population has declined in recent decades, as has much of eastern Washington County.

Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in Woodland (1973)

Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in Woodland (1973)

 

The image at right shows the Georgia Pacific paper plant in Woodland with bark piled on river shore and pulpwood floating in river.  Use of rivers to float logs was soon to be prohibited. This is a U.S. Department of Environmental Protection photo taken in May, 1973.

Photo: National Archives # NWDNS-412-DA-7846.

Woodland Pulp LLC Mill in Baileyville (2013)

Woodland Pulp LLC Mill in Baileyville (2013)

Woodland Pulp LLC Mill in Baileyville (2013)

Woodland Pulp LLC Mill in Baileyville (2013)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Council-Manager.

Additional resources

Bailey, Albert W. History: Early Baileyville, Maine, and its Pioneers. Genealogy: Nathaniel Bailey Families. Calais, Me.Calais Advertiser Press. 1972.

Baileyville Planning Board. Baileyville Tomorrow: The 1995 Comprehensive Plan: a handbook for guiding change to protect the Baileyville life style and way of life. Prepared by the Baileyville Planning Board. Baileyville, Me. Baileyville Planning Board. 1995.

Gardner Family. Family Papers, 1830-1939. (bulk 1880-1930). Special Collections, Fogler Library, University of Maine. Orono. (Includes surveys of Baileyville.)

Ober, Grace M. Some History of Woodland: The Village in Baileyville. Calais, Maine. Advertiser Publishing Company. 1975.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 94.

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