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Location Map for Kingfield

Location Map for Kingfield

Year Population
1970 877
1980 1,058
1990 1,114
2000 1,103
2010 997
Kingfield Population Chart 1820-2010

Population Trend 1820-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:00:05
W. Latitude 70:10:54
Maine House District 112
Maine Senate District 17
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 43.6
Area sq. mi. (land) 43.4
Population/sq.mi. (land) 23.0
County: Franklin

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Methodist Church (2012)

Methodist Church (2012) @

Sign: Welcome to Kingfield (2012)[KING-field] a town in Franklin County, incorporated on January 24, 1816 from the township T3 R1 BKP, WKR.

Maine’s first governor, William King, was a major proprietor in the area, thus the name Kingfield.

He founded the town and erected a house here in 1821. Settlers arrived here just a few years before it was surveyed by Solomon Adams in 1808.

The main village lies at the junction of Maine Routes 16, 27 and 142. The rocks at the mouth of the river apparently earned it the Indian name for “sharp rock place.”

Kingfield is also the birthplace of the Stanley brothers of Stanley Steamer automobile fame.

The Stanley Museum here commemorates their work and that of their sister, Chansonetta Emmons, an early photographer.

The museum seems to represent the change in the local economy from an industrial to a recreational and cultural base.

Symbolic of that change may be the Ski Museum of Maine located in the downtown.

The Stanley Museum (2012)

The Stanley Museum (2012) @

Abandoned Facility (2012)

Abandoned Facility (2012) @

According to the Gazetteer of Maine in 1886,

Kingfield village is situated on the Carrabassett River in the south-western part of the town.

Kingfield has a lumber and a shingle-mill, and a grist-mill. Other manufactures are carriages, rakes, axes, saw-horses, etc.

Now  a “four season” recreation center, located at 45 degrees north latitude – or half way between the North Pole and the Equator,

Kingfield is the gateway to the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Area in Carrabassett Valley.

Town Office (2012)

Kingfield Town Office (2012) @

Post Office (2012)

Kingfield Post Office (2012) @

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

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Additional resources

How Kingfield Became a Town. Edited by Beulah E. Moore. Kingfield, Me. B.E. Moore. 1993.

Kingfield, Maine, 1816-1981. Kingfield, Me. Kingfield History Book Association. c1981.

Salute to Kingfield’s Past: Kingfield, Maine Sesquicentennial, 1816-1966. Kingfield, Me. Kingfield Sesquicentennial Committee? 1966?

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 302.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Hutchins, Frank, House, High Street

Norton, William F., House, 1 Stanley Avenue

Winter, Amos G., House, Winter’s Hill off Maine Route 27

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