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Byron

Location Map for Byron

Location Map for Byron

Year Population
1970 132
1980 114
1990 111
2000 121
2010 145
Byron Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:44:02
W. Latitude 70:39:34
Maine House District 117
Maine Senate District 18
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 52.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 51.8
Population/sq.mi. (land) 2.8
County: Oxford

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Coos Canyon (2007)

Coos Canyon (2007)

Coos Canyon (2007)

Coos Canyon (2007)

Sign: Rest Area Coos Canyon (2007)[BUY-run] is a town in Oxford County incorporated on January 24, 1833 from township number eight. It was named for British poet Lord Byron.

The village is located on the Swift River nears Coos [CO-oss] Canyon, legendary source of gold and other minerals.

The Swift River (2007)

The Swift River (2007)

The Swift River (2007)

The Swift River (2007)

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.

Coos Canyon School (2007)

Coos Canyon School (2007)

Volunteer Fire Department (2007)

Volunteer Fire Department (2007)

This sparsely populated town is served by Maine Route 17 connecting it with the RumfordMexico area to the south.

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Congressional Medal of Honor winner:

Civil War

AUGUSTUS MERRILL

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

“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




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