|Maine House||District 102|
|Maine Senate||District 10|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 16.8|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 16.8|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[Ken-DUS-keg] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on February 20, 1852 from portions of Levant and Glenburn. White settlers had appeared in the early 1800’s. The town is significantly smaller than most others at 16.8 square miles versus an average of 38 square miles.
Both the town, and the stream of the same name that passes through it, share the Maliseet name Kenduskeag meaning “eel weir place.” Samuel de Champlain witnessed Indians trapping eels here in 1604 as he explored the upper navigable reaches of the Penobscot River.
The Gazetteer of Maine noted in 1886 that the Kenduskeag Stream furnished
at the village near the centre, the power for several mills. The manufactures are long and short lumber, cooperage, horse-rakes and cultivators, stoves and agricultural implements, meal and flour, cheese, etc. The village has many tasteful residences, and the streets are beautified by well-grown elms and maples. There is here a substantial covered bridge, 130 feet in length, spanning the Kenduskeag.
Although its population is relatively stable, its character is slowly becoming more of a suburb of Bangor than the rural community of earlier times. The municipal building houses the post office, the town office, and the fire department.
The village is the launch site for the annual spring Kenduskeag River Race. It is more a fun filled endurance test than a race, ending in downtown Bangor.
Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.
Tales of the Kenduskeag. Edited by Jim Smith and Fern Stearns. Milford, Me. Fiddlehead Follies. c1993.
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1881. p. 293-294.
Winters, Erma. A History of Kenduskeag, Maine. Kenduskeag, Me. 1966, c1973 Bangor. Furbush-Roberts Printing Co.