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Dixmont

Location Map for Dixmont

Location Map for Dixmont

Year Population
1970 559
1980 812
1990 1,007
2000 1,065
2010 1,181
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:21:09
W. Latitude 69:07:52
Maine House District 100
Maine Senate District 10
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 36.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 36.3
Population/sq.mi. (land) 32.5
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Communications towers on Peaked Mountain (2010)

Communications towers on Peaked Mountain (2010)

Sign: Welcome to Dixmont (2010)[DIX-mont] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on February 28, 1807 from township T3 R1 NWP. Once known as Collegetown, the township had been donated to Bowdoin College.

Maine Routes 9 and U.S. Route 202 travel through the villages of Dixmont and Dixmont Center, with long views of the surrounding area, including locally known “Dixmont Hill,” actually Peaked Mountain. The mountain can be seen for miles with its communications antennas a distinctive marker.

View North from U.S. 202 (2002)

View North from U.S. 202

Peaked Mountain from U.S. 202 (2002)

Peaked Mt. from US 202 ’02

Dr. Elijah Dix, a substantial landowner in the area, bought the town (and Dixfield) which bears his name. His son, Joseph, lived in Hampden where his daughter, the future social reformer, Dorothea Lynde Dix was born in 1802.

In 1804, Samuel Butman moved to Dixmont from Massachusetts.  He later became a member of the State constitutional convention, a legislator, and member of Congress.

In 1880 the population was 1,132, about what it was in 2010.  In 1886 Dixmont had two mills for long lumber, two shingle mills and one grist mill.  It also had thirteen schoolhouses.

Form of Government:

Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Chadbourne, S. J. History of the Old Meetinghouse and New Union Church at East Dixmont. Maine. 1900.

Dixmont, 1807-2007. Dixmont, Me. Dixmont Historical Society Committee. 2007.

Toothaker, Llewellyn P. The History of Dixmont, Maine. Dixmont, Me. Bi-Centennial Committee. 1976.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 202.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

United Methodist Church (2001)

United Methodist Church (2001)

 

Bussey School (2001)

Bussey School (2001)

Bussey, Louis I., School, U.S. 202

Dixmont Corner Church, US Route 202, Gothic Revival style, 1834-1835, United Methodist Church

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