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Orient

Location Map for Orient

Location Map for Orient

Year Population
1970 83
1980 77
1990 157
2000 145
2010 147
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:49:04
W. Latitude 67:51:34
Maine House District 144
Maine Senate District 2
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 37.9
Area sq. mi. (land) 35.8
Population/sq.mi. (land) 4.1
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Orient Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

Sign: "Welcome to Orient" on Number Nine Road (2014)[OR-ee-ent] is a town in Aroostook County, formally organized as a town from the township T9 R1, Monroe Gore and Orient Gore on April 9, 1856.

The name derives from its eastern location adjoining New Brunswick. Its eastern point lunges into Grand Lake and North Lake on the Canadian border, accessible by the Boundary Road.

Sign for Customs on the Boundary Road in Orient (2014)

Customs on the Boundary Road in Orient (2014) @

Grand Lake at the Border (2014)

Grand Lake at the Border (2014)

U.S. Customs Facilities on the Boundary Road in Orient (2014)

U.S. Customs on the Boundary Road in Orient (2014)

Canada Customs on the Boundary Road in Orient (2014)

Canada Customs on the Boundary Road (2014)

The town’s web site describes the community as follows:

Being home to East Grand Lake, North Lake, Deering Lake, and Longley Lake makes Orient a sportsman;s and vacation paradise. There are fishing, hunting, boating, ATV trails, and idyllic forests to hike. In winter, Orient is a destination for snow sledding and ice fishing. The wildlife habitats with deer, moose, raccoons, fox, bear, and other species as well as a large variety of birds and waterfowl satisfy the sportsman, shutterbug, and vacationer.

Orient is a rural community involved in farming, forestry, and landscaping. A small year round population grows during vacation, hunting, and fishing seasons to include those already enlightened to the natural beauty of the area.

Selden Baptist Church on the Selden Road (2014)

Selden Baptist Church on the Selden Road (2014) @

Houses at  Danforth and Seldon Rds (2014)

Houses at Danforth and Selden Roads (2014)

U.S. Route 1 runs north-south through the middle of the township. Orient village is just east of Route 1 on the Boundary Road. Sunset Park and other camping areas are attractive vacation locations.

Orient Town Office (2014)

Orient Town Office (2014) @

Veterans Honor Roll at the Town Office (2014)

Honor Roll at Town Office (’14)

U.S. Route 1 in Orient

U.S. Route 1 in Orient

Just north of Danforth in southernmost Aroostook County, Orient’s population peaked at 244 in 1890.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Bubar, A.S. Daybook, 1899-1901. (Cataloger Note: A daybook used by A.S. Bubar to record the names of customers and their purchases at an unidentified business in Orient, Maine, possibly a general store. Items purchased include beans, tea, fish, pork, lard, corn, etc. The volume also gives information about logging in the area, recording costs of cutting, hauling, and driving logs, stumpage totals, etc.)

Orient, Town of. The Town of Orient Welcomes You.” http://www.townoforient.org/ (accessed March 30, 2014)

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