|Maine House||District 117|
|Maine Senate||District 18|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 52.5|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 51.8|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
The village is located on the Swift River nears Coos [CO-oss] Canyon, legendary source of gold and other minerals.
According to Varney in his Gazetteer of 1886,
The western part is largely drained by numerous small streams that gather at the southern part in one stream [Garland Brook], and empty into Ellis Pond. There are nine or ten mountains in the town; of which the double-peaked Mount Turk (local name Turk and Broad) is the highest, being nearly 3,000 feet. . . .
Byron Post-Office is located on Swift River, south-west of Whale’s Back Mountain. Above, on different powers, are two saw-mills. The nearest railroad is the Grand Trunk, with which it is connected by means of the stage from Andover to Bryant’s Pond Station, 26 miles distant by road. . .
The first settlers of this town were Samuel Knapp, Jonas Green, James Bawn, John Thomas, J. Stockbridge, Richerd Merrill and Abraham Reed. The land was purchased by the settlers of a Mr. Brown of Newburyport, Mass. Skillertown is said to be the Indian name.
Congressional Medal of Honor winner:
“A Brief Geological Review of Coos Canyon, Byron, Maine.” Maine Geological Survey. http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/explore/bedrock/sites/jan08.htm (accessed October 9, 2011)
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 151