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Cutler

Location Map for Cutler

Location Map for Cutler

Year Population
1970 588
1980 726
1990 779
2000 623
2010 507
Cutler Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:38:09
W. Latitude 67:13:48
Maine House District 139
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 116.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 47.0
Population/sq.mi. (land) 10.8
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Cutler (2011)[KUT-ler] is a town in Washington County, incorporated on January 28, 1826 from Plantation Number 11 ED. This small community has become even smaller in population during the period 1990-2010.

This coastal community is east of East Machias and boasts a large, protected harbor known as Little Machias Bay. It shares Holmes Bay, in upper Machias Bay, with the adjoining town of Whiting.

Little River Harbor (1973)

Little River Harbor (1973)

Little River Harbor (2011)

Little River Harbor (2011)

“Little River” is in fact a long, narrow cove, east of Little Machias Bay, protected by a small island on which Little River Light Station has operated since 1847. The harbor is a convenient, safe location for recreational boaters on a long “downeast” cruise.

Little River Lodgen (2011)

Little River Lodge (2011)

House with a Harbor View (2011)

House with Harbor View (’11)

Once a destination for coastal steamers from Boston in the late 19th century, that heavy tourist traffic has been replace by the occasional yachts, usually carrying their own food and lodging. The Little River Lodge, overlooking the harbor, was built to serve the steamer trade, but was for sale in 2010.

U.S. Navy Submarine Communication Towers on East Machias Bay (2011)

U.S. Navy Submarine Communication Towers on East Machias Bay (2011)

A Very Low Frequency antenna system is located on a peninsular forming the west side of Little Machias Bay.  Operated by the U.S. Navy, its exists to communicate with U.S. Navy submarines.  The system, a 2,000,000 watt transmitter, was completed in 1961 with over 20 towers ranging from 800 to nearly 1,000 feet in height. It was upgraded in 2007.

Maine Route 191, the “Cutler Road,” leaves East Machias and runs through the main village at Little River, then turns northeast to Trescott and Lubec.  The harbor is strategically located for those who wish to visit Machias Seal Island with its colony of puffins and many other sea birds. The village hosts the town office, public library, and the elementary school.

Bay Ridge Elementary School (2011)

Bay Ridge Elementary School overlooks the Bay
(2011)

Town Office and Library (2011)

Town Office and Library (2011)

Cutler Coast Public Preserved Land, in Cutler and Whiting, contains almost five miles of dramatic cliff-bound ocean shore. The 12,000-acre area represents the eastern tip of Washington County where peatlands, blueberry barrens, partially forested ledges, and thick, swampy woods dominate the countryside. Unusual features like grasslands and meadows, windswept coastal headlands and steep, jagged cliffs that jut into the ocean hug the 4.5 miles of totally undeveloped coastline. Access is from Route 191 in Cutler.

The Beach and Wharf at the Village (2011)

The Beach and Wharf at the Village (2011)

Work Clothes on a Wharf (2011)

Work Clothes on a Wharf (2011)

Bell from the Light Station (2011)

Bell from the Light Station (2011)

 

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Administrative Assistant.

Additional resources

Holmes, Jim. “New Insulators Keep Antenna System Up & Running.” http://www.navy-radio.com/commsta/cutler/Cutler-antwork.pdf (accessed November 3, 2011)

*Maine. Historic Preservation Commission. Augusta, Me.  Text and additional photos from National Register of Historic Places: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/88000156.PDF, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/photos/88000156.PDF

“NAA Cutler Maine – Navy VLF Transmitter Site.” 2 MW, 14-24 kc. http://www.navy-radio.com/commsta/cutler.htm (accessed November 3, 2011)

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Little River Light Station

Little River Light Station (2011)

Little River Light Station (2011)

[Little River Island] Built in  1847, rebuilt in 1876 and 1888, the Station on Little River Island is at the mouth of the Little River. It consists of a tapered cylindrical iron light tower (one of only a few in Maine), a detached frame keeper’s house, a boathouse, and an oil house.

Machias Seal Island Light (2011)

Machias Seal Island Light (2011)

A guide to Cutler Harbor, it  is also a navigational aid between the lights at West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Libby Island Light off Machiasport and the Canadian light at Machias Seal Island. Machias Seal Island is a favorite  destination to view Atlantic puffins.

View from Eastern Nubble (2011)

View from Eastern Nubble (2011)

The small community is focused on Cutler Harbor, known for its deep, ice free character and the high protective bluffs. Local 19th century industries included fishing, ship building and a herring box factory. The station was automated in 1975 and the beacon removed from the tower to a skeletal frame.*

Both the Eastern Nubble (on the northeast entrance to Little River), and the Light Station are exposed to the open Atlantic.

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One Response to Cutler

  1. Michaela Radeck says:

    Hello! I was in Cutler, Maine this year! I just had a wonderful time there and I met some wonderful persons. I can just say: I LOVE CUTLER!

    PS: I´m from Germany! I want you guys to know: Maine (at specially Cutler) is the paradise on earth and nothing can change that! Thank you all the people who helped me to make my 3-month-trip possible! Just get trapped in Cutler! ;-)

    And When it´s cold: Eat ice cream! :-D

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