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West Paris

Location Map for West Paris

The community, north and west of Paris, though small, has experienced consistent population growth over the past thirty years. Its stone construction library is on the National Register of Historic Places. See photos. Snow Falls, a 40 foot waterfall, drops into a gorge created by the Little Androscoggin River about two mile south of the main village. Continue reading

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Westbrook

Westbrook Population Chart 1820-2010

Immediately west of Portland but part of the Portland metropolitan area, Westbrook is home to industrial, professional, and commercial enterprises, as well as to a campus of Husson University. Flowing through the city is the Presumpscot River, whose name means “many rough places river. ” Now the 12th largest community in Maine by population, it was edged out of its 1990 11th largest position by Saco in the 2000 Census. Continue reading

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Westfield

Location Map for Westfield

Westfield village lies between U.S. Routes 1 and 1A, on the Prestile Stream, just north of Mars Hill in Aroostook County’s potato country. See photos. Aside from its palette and box factory, Westfield is primarily an agricultural area, except for the marshland in the western portion of the town. Continue reading

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Westmanland

Location Map for Westmanland

Located northwest of Caribou, this small community is accessible off State Route 161 that passes through nearby New Sweden. It was part of the “Swedish Colony” established in the 1870’s. The township is bisected with the Little Madawaska River flowing from southwest to northeast. A section of Maine Public Reserved Lands is a 965-acre original public lot, mostly covered by forest, near the southwest shoreline of lower Madawaska Lake. Continue reading

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Weston

Location Map for Weston

On the long shoreline of Grand Lake at the Canadian border, just north of Danforth, Weston has spectacular views with its extended coves, its adjoining Bracket Lake and nearby Longfellow Lake. About one-quarter of the town is covered by water. Continue reading

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Westport Island

Location Map for Westport

Westport is bounded by the Back, Sasanoa, and Sheepscot rivers, deep inlets from the Gulf of Maine. See photos. It is accessible by the bridge over the Cowseagan Narrows on Maine Route 144 from U.S. Route 1 in Wiscasset. Continue reading

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White, Benjamin

(1790-1860) a U.S. Representative, was born in Goshen (now Vienna) May 13, 1790. He attended the common schools, moved to Winthrop in 1802 and was employed on a farm until 1808 when he entered Farmington Academy. White taught school for … Continue reading

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White, Wallace Humphrey, Jr.

(1877-1952), a Representative and a Senator from Maine, and grandson of William Pierce Frye, was born in Lewiston August 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of Lewiston, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1899. White was assistant clerk to … Continue reading

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Whitefield

Location Map for Whitefield

Whitefield is west of Gardiner on Route 126 and north of Wiscasset on Route 218. See photos. The Sheepscot River flows through the town and is a popular canoe trip opportunity. As do many Maine towns with scattered villages, Whitefield has several volunteer fire departments: Coopers Mills, Kings Mills, and North Whitefield. St. Denis Catholic Church, west of North Whitefield on Maine Route 218, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Whiting

The main village is located at the easterly end of the township where the Orange River flows into Whiting Bay at the Junction of U.S. Route 1 and Maine Route 189 to Lubec. A dam creates a pond on the river in the village. See photos. Cutler Coast Public Preserved Land, in Cutler and Whiting, contains almost five miles of dramatic cliff-bound ocean shore. Water abounds in Whiting’s the northern half, with many acres of lakes and ponds. Continue reading

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Whitman, Ezekiel

(1776-1866) was a Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine, born in East Bridgewater, Mass., March 9, 1776. He was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1795, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced in New Gloucester … Continue reading

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Whitneyville

Location Map for Whitneyville

On the west bank of the Machias River, it was the site where the vessel Margaretta was hidden from the British after her capture in 1775. Lumbering and blueberry growing have been the mainstays of the local economy over the years. See photos. The town is a long, narrow north-south mile-wide strip of land on U.S. Route 1A between Jonesboro and Machias. Continue reading

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Wiley, James Sullivan

(1808-1891) a U.S. Representative, was born in Mercer on January 22, 1808. He moved to Bethel in 1826, attended Gould Academy and was graduated from Colby College in 1836. Wiley moved to Dover and was an instructor in Foxcroft Academy. … Continue reading

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Williams, Hezekiah

(1798-1856) a U.S. Representative was born near Woodstock, Vermont on July 28, 1798. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1820, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Castine in 1825. Register of Probate for … Continue reading

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Williams, Joseph H.

Joseph H. Williams (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1783-1896) was born in Augusta on February 15, 1814. He was educated in the public schools and at a boys boarding school in Wiscasset. Williams graduated from Harvard College in 1834, attended Dame Law School in Cambridge for two years, … Continue reading

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Williams, Reuel

(1783-1862) a U.S. Senator, was born in Hallowell on June 2, 1783 and attended Hallowell Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1804, and began his practice in Augusta. Wiliams was a member of the State legislature … Continue reading

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Williamson, William D.

William D. Williamson, Maine Senate President 1820-1821 (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1779-1846) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on July 31, 1779, then moved in boyhood with his father to Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the common schools and Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Brown University in … Continue reading

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Willimantic

Location Map for Willimantic

Located on the western end of Sebec Lake, the town offers many camping and fishing opportunities. Packard Landing was the location of Packard’s Camps in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Maine Route 150 runs north from Guilford and terminates at the village of Sebec Lake, not to be confused with the town of Sebec at the far eastern end of the Lake. Continue reading

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Wilton

Location Map for Wilton

Located on the shore of Wilson Pond, the main village lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 2 and Maine Routes 4 and 156.. See photos. George H. Bass began making boots for farmers in 1876. For more than 100 years, the G. H. Bass company made footwear in Wilton. Continue reading

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Windham

Location Map for Windham

The main village, North Windham, lies adjacent to Sebago Lake and on the shore of Little Sebago Lake at the junction of U.S. Route 302 and Maine Routes 35 and 115. See photos. While Route 302 is a long commercial strip, an old meeting house is adjacent to the Windham Union Church. Young adult offenders are held at the Maine Correctional Center in South Windham. Continue reading

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