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Bradley

Location Map for Bradley

Location Map for Bradley

Year Population
1970 1,010
1980 1,149
1990 1,136
2000 1,242
2010 1,492
Bradley Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:53:24
W. Latitude 68:36:17
Maine House District 137
Maine Senate District 8
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 50.8
Area sq. mi. (land) 49.6
Population/sq.mi. (land) 30.1
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Bradley (2005)[BRAD-lee] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on February 3, 1835 from the township T4, Old Indian Purchase. Named for an early, prominent settler Bradley Blackman who arrived in the area in the early 1800’s, it annexed the adjacent unincorporated gore in 1859 to complete its current area.

With the coming of the Great Works Milling and Manufacturing Company in 1833, the local economy flourished, stores opened, and support grew for establishing a town government.

The population of 1950 (786) was essentially the same as that a century earlier in 1850 when it was 796.

Main Street and the Fire Station (2005)

Main Street & Fire Station (’05)

Paper Mill in Old Town from Bradley (2005)

Paper Mill in Old Town from Bradley (2005)

Bradley is located on the east side of the Penobscot River, across from Orono and Old Town and just south of Milford. The paper mill in Old Town dominates the landscape in certain sections of the towns.

Bradley Baptist Church (2005)

Bradley Baptist Church (2005)

St. Ann Catholic Church (2005)

St. Ann Catholic Church (2005)

Form of Government: Council-Manager

Additional resources

Bradley, Maine History: Sesquicentennial, 1835-1985. Bradley, Me. Bradley Sesquicentennial History Committee. 1985.

Merrill, Midge. A Remarkable Man from Bradley, Maine. Old Town, Me. Penobscot Press. 1993.




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