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Carthage

Location Map For Carthage

Location Map For Carthage

Year Population
1970 354
1980 438
1990 458
2000 520
2010 560
Carthage Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:37:18
W. Latitude 70:25:14
Maine House District 112
Maine Senate District 17
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 33.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 33.2
Population/sq.mi. (land) 16.9
County: Franklin

Total=land+water; Land=land only

sign: "Welcome to Carthage, Inc. 1826" (2013)[CAR-thij] is a town in Franklin County, first settled by William Bowley and a Mr. Winter.  Bowley built “Boley’s Mills” on the Webb River.

Incorporated on February 20, 1826 from Plantation Number 4 in that county, it later (1849) set off land to form a new Plantation Number 4.

Mountain View (2013)

Mountain View (2013) @

Mountain View (2013)

Mountain View (2013) @

Basin Brook near Berry Mills (2013)

Basin Brook, Berry Mills (’13)@

Hutchinson Brook (2013)

Hutchinson Brook (2013) @

The town, named for the classical North African city, is north of Dixfield on Maine Route 142, which follows the winding Webb River to the southern tip of Webb Lake.

Sawmill/Lumber Yard (2013)

Sawmill, Lumber Yard (’13) @

Carthage Historical Society (2013)

Historical Society (2013) @

Here is how George Varney viewed the town in 1886:

Across the broad pine-covered plain in the northern and middle part, runs, in a tortuous course southward, Webb’s River, the outlet of Webb Pond.  The eastern part of the town is hilly, but the soil in general is moderately good. There is much limestone in the town; and near the centre is a quarry which has been worked to some extent. . . . The principal village is Berry’s Mills, on Webb’s River, in the western part of the town.  It is 29 miles south-west of Farmington, and is connected by stage-line with the Androscoggin Railroad at North Jay.

In 1886 Carthage had six public schoolhouses.  In 1870 its population was 486; in 1880 is was 507 – both about the same as in recent decades.

Houses in Berry Mills (2013)

Houses in Berry Mills (’13) @

Community Building (2013)

Community Building (’13) @

Union Church and Veterans Memorial (2013)

Church, Vets Memorial (’13) @

Carthage Town Office in Carthage Village (2013

Carthage Town Office in the Village (2013) @

Market and Diner in Carthage Village (2013)

Market and Diner in Carthage Village (2013) @

Houses and Mountains View (2013)

Houses and Mountain View (2013) @

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

[All images 2013 unless otherwise noted]

Campbell, N. H. “Carthage is Nearly 130 Years of Age.” 1932 Feb.5 (Cataloger Note: Newspaper article from the Franklin Journal. [Maine State Library]

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. pp. 164-165.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Coburn, John G., House, 360 River Road

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