|Maine House||District 146|
|Maine Senate||District 1|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 36.7|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 36.5|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDWARD C. DAHLGREN
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.