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Carmel

Location Map for Carmel

Location Map for Carmel

Year Population
1970 1,301
1980 1,695
1990 1,906
2000 2,416
2010 2,794
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:48:07
W. Latitude 69:02:15
Maine House District 103
Maine Senate District 10
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 37.0
Area sq. mi. (land) 36.5
Population/sq.mi. (land) 76.6
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[KAHR-ml] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on June 21, 1811 from the township of T3 R2 NWP, annexed additional land from Etna in 1866.

The township was purchased from Massachusetts by Martin Kingsley of Hampden in 1795. Paul Ruggles, arriving in 1798 with his wife, and Abel Ruggles were the first settlers.

Ava Chadbourne speculates   “. . . the name of Carmel was doubtless suggested by the Reverend Paul Ruggles who delighted in preaching from prophecy and using figurative and quaint passages such as are found in the prophetic books. The dramatic experience of Elijah at Mount Carmel probably inspired his choice.” (p. 17)

Carmel Historical Society (2005)

Carmel Historical Society (2005)

Simpson Memorial Library (2005)

Simpson Memorial Library (2005)

Side-by-side on Route 69 stand the Simpson Memorial Library and Carmel Historical Society.

Complementing the biblical roots is the village name of Damascus just northwest of the main village which lies at the junctions of Maine Routes 2, 69, and 100.

Carmel Village Market (2001)

Carmel Village Market (2001)

Carmel Municipal Building (2001)

Municipal Building (2001)

Located near Interstate 95 and an easy commute to Bangor, Carmel sustained a substantial population growth of 19 percent in the 1990-2000 decade, and nearly 16 percent in the ten years ending in 2010.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Manager.

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.

Bradford, Peleg. Letters 1862 Aug. 28-1865 Apr. 7. [University of Maine. Orono. Fogler Library. Special Collections.]

Bradford, Peleg. No place for little boys: Civil War letters of a Union soldier. Edited by Melissa MacCrae and Maureen Bradford. Brewer, Me. Goddess Publications. c1997.

Graves, Constance Ann. A History of Carmel: 1798 … 36 Square Miles … and Thus it Began … Carmel. Carmel, Me. Carmel Historical Society, 2003.

Mitchell, H. E. The Carmel and Hermon Town Register. Kent’s Hill, Me. H.E. Mitchell Publishing Company. 1904.

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