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Easton

Location Map for Easton

Location Map for Easton

Year Population
1970 908
1980 1,019
1990 942
2000 1,249
2010 1,287
Easton Population Chart 1860-2010

Population Trend 1860-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 46:38:56
W. Latitude 67:51:28
Maine House District 148
Maine Senate District 2
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 39.0
Area sq. mi. (land) 38.7
Population/sq.mi. (land) 33.3
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Easton (2003)

[EAS-tn] is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on February 24, 1865 from Freemont Plantation. The name implies the “eastern” location of the town in Maine and in the County. Its population of over 800 in the 1880’s supported eight public schoolhouses. Easton is a farming community southeast of Presque Isle, served by U. S. Route 1 and Maine Route 10.

Dam on the Prestile Stream (2003)

Dam on Prestile Stream (2003)

Fred Vahlsing Promoting Sugar Beets (c. 1965)

Fred Vahlsing Promoting Sugar Beets (c. 1965)

Easton was the site of an attempt to establish a sugar beet refinery to diversify local dependence on the potato economy. That project ended by the late 1970’s in a combination of financial and environmental controversy, which included significant pollution of the Prestile Stream that runs through the town. Frederick Vahlsing was the driving force behind the project, which had the support of many political leaders in the state.

Easton Town Office and Fire Department (2003)

Easton Town Office and Fire Department (2003)

Methodist Church (2003)

Methodist Church (2003)

Even in 1886, the Gazeteer of Maine noted, “Potatoes, which are largely raised, find a ready market at the starch factories.” While potatoes still dominate, commercial development, local government, other crops and the occasional horse farm balance the local agricultural economy.

Horses Grazing in Pasture on the West Ridge Road in Easton (2003)

Horses Grazing in Pasture on the West Ridge Road in Easton (2003)

Now the major industrial elements of the town’s economy include huge wood and food processing plants.

Mike's Family Market (2003)

Mike’s Family Market (2003)

Library and Former School (2003)

Library and Former School (2003)

The McCain Foods, U.S.A. facility, on the Station Road, employs about 1,500 workers in preparing, processing, packaging, and shipping food products.

Sign: McCain Foods USA, Inc. (2003)

Sign: McCain Foods USA, Inc.

McCain Food Cold Storage (2003)

McCain Food Cold Storage, Station Road (2003)

The J. M. Huber Corporation’s Engineered Woods plant dominates the landscape in the industrial area it shares with McCain Foods. According to the J. M. Huber company’s Internet site, they “produce a wide range of specialty products for applications in the furniture, transportation, cabinetry, construction, millwork and other industries.”

Huber Engineered Wood Mill (2003)

Huber Engineered Wood Mill (2003)

Huber Engineered Wood Mill (2003)

Huber Engineered Wood Mill (2003)

Huber Engineered Wood Mill (2003)

Huber Engineered Wood Mill

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

Additional resources

Centennial Celebration: Town of Easton, County of Aroostook, State of Maine, July 9 and 10, 1965. 1965? [University of Maine, Fogler Library and Presque Isle, Special Collections; Maine State Library.]

Hepler, Paul R. Papers, 1948-1974. (Cataloger Note: The collection begins with sugar beet and potato research reports, 1964-1972, by Professor Hepler, as well as his correspondence about sugar beets, 1963-1976. It centers on his study of sugar beet growing in Maine. Included are correspondence, research reports, manuals, and photographs. Of particular interest in the collection is information about Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., and the financing of its processing plant in Aroostook County. This company had received money through the Aroostook Development Corporation to construct a sugar beet processing plant at Easton, Maine, in 1967.) [University of Maine, Fogler Library, Special Collections.]

Maine. Dept. of Environmental Protection. Vahlsing Inc., Application to Discharge Potato Process Wastewaters into Prestile Stream. Augusta, Me. 1973. [University of Maine, Fogler Library, Special Collections.]

Ploch, Louis A. Easton, A Town on the Move. Orono, Me. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Maine. 1988.

The Mahany Family of River de Chute: a memorial of Cain Mahany, Civil War veteran, 1814-1888. Compiled by Dorothy Anne Lynch Dunham. Portland, Me. The Compiler. 2000. (Caribou, Me. Cecil Walton).

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One Response to Easton

  1. Darla Craig says:

    This was nice to read lived there and was part of this beautiful town during this time.

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