|Maine House||District 112|
|Maine Senate||District 17|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 43.6|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 43.4|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
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.
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.
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