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Palmyra

Location Map for Palmyra

Location Map for Palmyra

Year Population
1970 1,104
1980 1,485
1990 1,867
2000 1,953
2010 1,986
Palmyra Population Chart 1810-2010

Population Trend 1810-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:50:45
W. Latitude 69:22:06
Maine House District 105
Maine Senate District 4
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 41.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 40.2
Population/sq.mi. (land) 49.4
County: Somerset

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Palmyra Town Office (2004)

Palmyra Town Office (2004)

[pal-MY-rah] a town in Somerset County was incorporated June 20, 1807 from the township T5 R3 NWP. It later set off land to Pittsfield in 1824, when it was known as Warsaw, and in 1828.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial - 1921, at a Church (2004)

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial – 1921, at a Church (2004)

Originally known as Shepherdstown after an early land agent, the area was first settled by Daniel Gale and his family in 1800.

Later, travelers on the stage coach line from Norridgewock to Bangor stopped at a local tavern, the halfway point, for food and a change of horses. U.S. Route 2 appears to follow the old stage trail.

Palmyra Region Veterans Memorial (2004)

Palmyra Region Veterans Memorial (2004)

The Sebasticook River passes through Douglas Pond at the south end of the town, just above Pittsfield. A golf course and campground is adjacent to White Pond, in the eastern portion of the town, where a “hand-carry” boat launch is available.

The Madawaska Wildlife Management Area straddles Madawaska Brook and encompasses the Madawaska Marsh. Together with Douglas Pond, the Marsh has valuable bird habitat

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

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.

“Early Settlers to Palmyra.” Lewiston, Me. Lewiston Journal. 1927. (Cataloger Note: Article extracted from: Lewiston Journal, Feb. 12 and 19, 1927.)

Ireland, Genevieve Rogers Weeks. A Compilation of Data on the Early History and People of Palmyra, Maine. Shrewsbury, Mass. G. R. W. Ireland. 1980. [c1981]

Knowles, Ruth M. Warren’s Four Towns: St. Albans, Hartland, Palmyra, Corinna. St. Albans, Me. R.M. Knowles. c1988.

Maine. Department of Conservation. Maine Natural Areas Program. “Douglas Pond – Madawaska Bog.” http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mnap/focusarea/douglas_pond_madawaska_bog_focus_area.pdf (accessed February 12, 2012)

Palmyra, Maine 200th Anniversary Bicentennial 1807-2007. Me. Penobscot Press. 2007. [Bangor Public Library]

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