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Machiasport

Location Map for Machiasport

Location Map for Machiasport

Year Population
1970 887
1980 1,108
1990 1,166
2000 1,160
2010 1,119
Machiasport Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:37:15
W. Latitude 67:23:05
Maine House District 139
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 62.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 21.3
Population/sq.mi. (land) 52.5
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Congregational Church, c. 1905

Congregational Church c.1905

[mah-CHI-uhs-port]is a town in Washington County, incorporated on January 24, 1826 from part of old Machias.

Indian petroglyphs have been observed at Picture Rocks on Clark’s Point. Fort O’Brien guards the entrance to the Machias River at the south end of the main village.

The Larrabee Heath is a coastal raised peatland with appropriate plants such as black crowberry and baked-apple berry. There are a number of game trails which run through this sensitive habitat area managed by the Nature Conservancy.

Holmes Bay Baptist Ch. (2011)

Holmes Bay Baptist Ch. (2011)

The town lies primarily on the west side of Machias Bay as the Machias River enters the Bay. It offers many sheltered harbors including the well known Bucks Harbor. Machiasport was at the center of controversy in the late 1960’s when an oil terminal was proposed, unsuccessfully, for the quiet coastal community.

Machiasport is just east of Machias, and south of East Machias, on Maine Route 92.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Frederic R. Harris, Inc. Engineering Feasibility of Marine Oil Terminal, Machiasport, Maine. New York. Frederick R. Harris, Inc. 1969.

Hammer, Armand. Let’s Keep the Record Straight on Machiasport: A Statement by Armand Hammer. New York. Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Supreme Printing Co. 1969.

New England Regional Commission. How the Atlantic World Port at Machiasport, Maine will Serve the National Interest. Boston, Mass. The Commission. Augusta, Me. Distributed by Maine Department of Economic Development. 1968.

State of Maine Bridge Division. Machiasport and East Machias Bridge Study; Machias River Bridge. Augusta, Me. 1967.

Tobey, Paul Layman. The Machiasport Tobeys Remembered. Rehoboth, Mass. P.L. Tobey. 1982.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Birch Point, address restricted Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Maine

Burgess, Walter and Eva, Farm, 79 Shaw Road Macomber Corner

Fort O’Brien, South of Machiasport on a secondary road

Gates House, Maine Route 92

Hog Island, address restricted, Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Maine

Holmes Point, address restricted, Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Maine

Libby Island Light Station, south of Machiasport on Lilly Island

Liberty Hall, Maine Route 92, Macomber Corner

Maine Archeological Survey site 62.46, address restricted

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