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Haynesville

Location Map for Haynesville

Location Map for Haynesville

Year Population
1970 157
1980 169
1990 243
2000 122
2010 121
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:49:04
W. Latitude 67:58:44
Maine House District 144
Maine Senate District 2
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 41.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 41.5
Population/sq.mi. (land) 54.6
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[HAYNS-vil] is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on February 18, 1876 from the plantations of Greenwood, Haynesville and Leavitt. Haynesville and Leavitt plantations were each formed from the unorganized townships of T2 R2 and T3 R3 respectively. Leavitt was relinquished in 1877.

The Haynesville Road, photo by Erik Jorgensen

The Haynesville Road, photo by Erik Jorgensen

Haynesville first permanent settler, William Wilson, arrived in 1828, the same year a military post was established in Houlton.  The military road constructed to supply the Houlton post was completed in 1832 and provided easy access to the town.

The road through the Haynesville Woods was immortalized in the hit song sung by Fort Fairfield’s Richard “Dick” Curless in 1965 – “A Tombstone Every Mile.” Written by Dan Fulkerson, it told the story of this very dangerous stretch of highway through the mountain range of the Haynesville Woods, where so many truckers had died.

The plantation and town took their named from Alvin Haynes an early settler who lived below the fork of the Mattawamkeag River. In the village known as Forksville he operated a store; about 1835 he and a partner built a hotel.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife describes the East Branch of the Mattawamkeag River from Oakfield to Haynesville and the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River from Mattawamkeag Lake to Haynesville, as scenic stretches for canoeing and good fishing for wild brook trout. The Mattawamkeag River from Haynesville to the Town of Mattawamkeag is considered an “incredible wildlife river,” “a scenic canoe trip,” and “fast fishing for smallmouth bass.

Located on U.S. Route 2A, this wooded community has recently experienced a major decline in population.

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

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.

Haynesville (Me.) Annual Report Town of Haynesville, Maine … for the year ending .. Haynesville, Me. : The Town, 1876?-

Karsberg, Lenorma Ellis. The Ellis family of Haynesville–Dyer Brook, Maine. Worcester, Mass. L.E. Karsberg. c1983.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “Fishing Opportunities in the Katahdin Region. https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/opportunities/katahdin.htm (accessed March 15, 2014)

Miscellaneous Business Records from Haynesville, Maine. 1895-1926. [Maine State Library]

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