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Perham

Location Map for Perham

Location Map for Perham

Year Population
1970 436
1980 437
1990 395
2000 434
2010 386
Perham Population Chart 1870-2010

Population Trend 1870-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 46:53:00
W. Latitude 68:15:21
Maine House District 146
Maine Senate District 1
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 36.7
Area sq. mi. (land) 36.5
Population/sq.mi. (land) 10.6
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Entering from Wade on Route 228 (2015)

Entering from Wade (2015) @

[PER-uhm] is a town in Aroostook County, settled in 1856, organized “for election purposes” in 1867.  It was incorporated as a town on March 26, 1897 from Perham Plantation. The town was named for Sidney Perham of Paris who was elected governor in 1871.

Perham village lies in the southeast near Salmon Brook, which flows from the lake through the township.

Perham Village and Perham Baptist Church (2015)

The Village and Perham Baptist Church (2015) @

Perham Baptist Church in Perham Village (2015)

The Baptist Church in the (2015) Village

Post Office in Perham Village (2015)

Village Post Office (2015) @

sign: "Moose Island RD" and "Perham RD" and "East 228"

Moose Isl. Rd Splits West @

Moose Island Road reaches directly west from the village center, turning into a dirt road after 2.5 miles and ending in another 2 miles. A large farm complex and an abandoned farmhouse are the few structures on the road.

Farmhouse and Barn on the Moose Island Road in Perham (2015)

Farmhouse and Barn on the Moose Isl. Road (2015) @

Farmhouse and Barn on the Moose Island Road in Perham (2015)

Farmhouse and Barn on the Moose Isl. Road (2015) @

Unoccupied House on the Moose Island Road in Perham (2015)

Unoccupied House on the Moose Isl. Road (2015) @

Panoramic View from the Moose Island Road in Perham (2015)

Long View south from the Moose Isl. Road (2015) @

Panoramic View from the north side of Moose Island Road (2015)

Panoramic View from the north side of Moose Island Road (2015) @

Panoramic View from the north side of Moose Island Road (2015)

Panoramic View from the north side of Moose Island Road (2015) @

Back on Route 228 north of the village, the road leads to more farms and eventually to the Woodland Center Road, which takes a sharp right turn toward Woodland. The appearance of a wind turbine, a modern house and a new barn just before the Woodland line is a surprising contrast to the traditional farming landscape.

Route 228 in central Perham (2015)

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Pentecostals of Perham on Route 228 (2015)

Pentecostals of Perham on Route 228 (2015) @

Large House and Barn on Route 228 in Perham (2015)

Large House and Barn on Route 228 (2015) @

Large Barn on Route 228 in Perham (2015)

Large Barn on Route 228 (2015) @

Potato Field on Route 228 in Perham (2015)

Potato Field on Route 228 in Perham @

Large House and Barn with Wind Turbine on the Woodland Center Road (Route 228) in Perham (2015)

House, Barn, Wind Turbine on Woodland Center Road (2015)

According to the Northern Aroostook Region Management Plan,

Logging and farming have significantly shaped the history and character of this area. Portions of the Unit now forested show evidence of its once being cleared for pasture. A dam created for logging once existed on the outlet of Salmon Brook Lake [but] no longer exists.

The northern portion of the town is dominated by a section of Maine Public Reserved Land, some of which encompasses the Salmon Brook Lake.  A 1,055-acre Ecological Reserve surrounds the lake and wetlands.

Perham Town Garage (2015)

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The Bangor and Aroostook Trail is a 59-mile multi-use trail located in the towns of Perham, Caribou, and other area towns. The trail, formerly a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad corridor, passes along the western side of Salmon Brook Lake Bog in northern Perham.

Clifford G. McIntire, a U.S. Representative in the 20th century, was born in Perham.

Medal of HonorCongressional Medal of Honor winner:

World War II

EDWARD C. DAHLGREN

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

Additional resources

Maine. Department of Conservation. Northern Aroostook Region Management Plan. June 2007. http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/planning/northern/plan.pdf (accessed February 17, 1012)

Tasker, William J. The Pioneer Homes of Washburn, Maine: Including Perham, Wade and Crouseville. Photography by Robin Drost. Caribou. Me. Monkey Publishing. c2006.

Town of Perham: People, Places, Past, Present; 1867, 1897, 1997. Perham Ladies Group. Perham, Me. The Perham Ladies Group. 1997. [University of Maine at Presque Isle, Library and Learning Resource Center; Maine State Library]

Wyman, Flora McIntire. My Childhood in the Great Forest. Arranged and edited by Florence Wyman Calkins. Acton, Mass.? The Editor. 1979.

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