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Location Map for Passadumkeag

Location Map for Passadumkeag

Year Population
1970 326
1980 430
1990 428
2000 441
2010 374
Parsonsfield Population Chart 1790-2010

Population Trend 1790-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:11:01
W. Latitude 68:35:25
Maine House District 137
Maine Senate District 5
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 23.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 22.9
Population/sq.mi. (land) 16.3
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only
sign: Welcome to Passadumkeag (2012)


[Pass-ah-DUM-keg]is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on January 31, 1835 from the township known as the Old Indian Purchase, east of the Penobscot River, or OIP, EPR. In 1842 it ceded land to Lowell.

An ancient “cemetery” about 3,000 years old is located in the town.

Passadumkeag River Entering the Penobscot River (2001)

Passadumkeag River Entering the Penobscot River (2001)

Boat Launch on the Penobscot River in Passadumkeag (2012)

Boat Launch on the Penobscot River in Passadumkeag ’12) @

The native name means “above the gravel bar” or “where the river runs over the gravelly bed.”

The gravel referred to is downstream in the Penobscot River, just above which is the entrance to Passadumkeag River (earlier called “stream”), a vital link to the east by canoe.

The village itself is at the junction of the two rivers.

According to the Gazetteer of Maine in 1886, the village was described as follows:

Passadumkeag on the Penobscot

Passadumkeag on the River

There is here a large steam-mill, manufacturing large lumber, boards, shingles and staves. Other manufactures are coopers’ ware, carriages, etc. Farming and lumbering are the chief occupations of the people.

Passadumkeag Baptist Church (2012)

Passadumkeag Baptist Church (2012)

Post Office (2012)

Post Office (2012)

The current village of Passadumkeag includes a small residential area east of U.S. Route 2.

A community center (in a Quonset building), fire station, historical society, town office,  post office, and the Passadumkeag Baptist are all on or near Pleasant Street in this small village.

The railroad that serves norther Penobscot and southern Aroostook county passes through the village and over the Passadumkeag River.

Community Center and Fire Station (2012)

Community Center and Fire Station (2012) @

Historical Society on Pleasant Street (2012)

Historical Society on Pleasant Street (2012) @

The Passadumkeag from the Bridge (2012)

The Passadumkeag from the Bridge (2012) @

Bridge over Passadumkeag River (2012)

Bridge over Passadumkeag River (2012) @

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional sources

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

Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy. Indian Place Names of the Penobscot Valley and the Maine Coast.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 429-430.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

District No. 2 School, junction of Pleasant Street and Caribou Road, southeast corner

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One Response to Passadumkeag

  1. Elizabeth Prates says:

    I lived briefly in Passadumkeag a little over 20 years ago while attending UMaine Orono. I was trying to get an image via Google maps of the house I rented. The address was RR1, Box 505. I have no idea if the house still exists but would appreciate any information.
    Thank you very much,
    Beth Prates (Connecticut Resident)

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