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Littleton

Location Map for Littleton

Location Map for Littleton

Year Population
1970 958
1980 1,009
1990 956
2000 965
2010 1,068
Littleton Population Chart 1860-2010

Population Trend 1860-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 46:13:53
W. Latitude 67:50:38
Maine House District 145
Maine Senate District 2
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 38.6
Area sq. mi. (land) 38.4
Population/sq.mi. (land) 27.8
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Littleton (2003)[LIT-ehl-tun] is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on March 18, 1856 from half each of the Williams College (1800) and Framingham Academy (1801) grants.

Potato House on U.S. Rt 1 (2003)

Potato House on U.S. Rt 1 (2003)

The first settler, Thomas Osborne, was one of the conductors of the four- and six-horse freight teams that ran from Aroostook County to Bangor.

Located in potato country just north of Houlton, Littleton is split by U.S. Route 1 and borders Canada on its east.

Plaque: Maine Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, Watson Settlement Bridge (2003)

Plaque: Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (2003)

It is home to the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, established in 2002, located in the former Littleton Consolidated School on U.S. Route 1.

Watson Settlement Bridge, built in 1911, is the oldest surviving example of a Howe Truss system used in a Maine covered bridge.

Sign: "Watson Settlement Bridge, 1902 (2003) Watson Settlement Covered Bridge on Framingham Road (2003)

Watson Settlement Covered Bridge Interior (2003)Meduxnekeag River from Bridge (2003)

Watson Settlement Covered Bridge (2003)

Watson Settlement Covered Bridge (2003)

The Littleton Esker may be seen to the west of U.S. Route 1 just north of the Littleton-Houtlon town line. Eskers are the ridges of gravel and sand that mark the routes of streams and rivers that flowed on, in, and beneath the glaciers.  When the surrounding ice melted, these ridges of coarse gravel, silt, and clay remained.

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

Additional resources

Hay, Eldon. Cross-border Covenanter Communities: Richmond (NB), Houlton and Littleton (Me.) Beaver Falls, PA Semper Refomanda. c2001.

Hay, Eldon. The Covenanters of Littleton/Houlton. Sackville, N.B. The Author. 1996. (Sackville, NB. Mount Allison University)

Littleton Centennial, 1856-1956: August 15, 1956. Littleton Centennial Committee. Littleton, Me. The Committee. 1956.

Littleton Consolidated Schools. Littleton, Me. 1992? Includes: Country schools of Littleton – 1928-1936. Dorothy Shaw Campbell. 1992.

North Dakota Geological Survey. “Eskers in North Dakota.” See this for an explanation, definition, and examples of eskers. https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndgs/ndnotes/Eskers/Eskers.asp (accessed January 10,2010)

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Watson Settlement Bridge, 2 miles Southeast of Littleton over Meduxnekeag River

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One Response to Littleton

  1. Maryann says:

    My mothers maiden name was Watson. We lived in Michigan and I am curious about this bridge and how it was named Watson.. I will be visiting Maine in the fall and would like some history regarding the bridge. Thank you.

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