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Location Map for Peru

Location Map for Peru

Year Population
1970 1,345
1980 1,564
1990 1,541
2000 1,515
2010 1,541
Peru Population Chart 1820-2010

Population Trend 1820-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:28:30
W. Latitude 70:27:41
Maine House District 116
Maine Senate District 18
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 47.8
Area sq. mi. (land) 46.9
Population/sq.mi. (land) 32.9
County: Oxford

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[peh-RUU] is a town in Oxford County, settled in 1793 and incorporated on February 5, 1821 from Plantation Number One, also known as Thompsontown.

Sign: . . . Welcomes You to the River Valley . . . ." on Route 108 in West Peru

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West Peru Village (2013)

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In the spirit of liberty and solidarity, the town was named for the South American country of Peru, which had just won its independence from Spain.

Three-mile long Worthley Pond is the focus of the Worthley Pond Association, an active community organization. A campground and bed & breakfast may be found at the pond.

Rockameka Grange (2013)

Rockameka Grange (2013) @

The 1860 Union Hall (2013)

The 1860 Union Hall (2013) @

Peru Center Road hosts two old community buildings, the 1904 Rochameka Grange Hall, and the Civil War era Union Hall.

The town is on the south bank of the Androscoggin River just below the RumfordMexicoDixfield  area. Its main village is West Peru, across the river from Mexico in the northern portion of the town. The locations below are all on Main Street in West Peru.

Peru-Mexico Bridge (2013)

Peru-Mexico Bridge (2013) @

Peru Fire Department (2013)

Peru Fire Department (’13) @

Blaisdell's Variety Store in West Peru (2013)

Blaisdell’s Variety (2013) @

Peru Elementary School (2013)

Elementary School (’13) @

Peru Town Hall (2013)

Peru Town Hall (2013) @

Post Office (2013)

Post Office (2013) @

Further south on the Ridge and Valley roads, the rolling rural landscape reveals mountain views, farms and forests.

Apparent Horse Cemetery (2013)

Apparent Horse Cemetery on the Ridge Road (2013) @

Cows near the Valley Road (2013)

Cows near the Valley Road (2013) @

Dirigo Elementary off the Auburn Road (2013)

Dirigo Elementary off Auburn Road (2013) [Route 108] @

Taking advantage of the abundant forest resources, the town supported five lumber mills in the late 19 century.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

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Additional resources

Turner, Hollis. The History of Peru in the County of Oxford and State of Maine from 1789 to 1911: residents and genealogies of their families … also a part of Franklin plan. Peru, Me. Town of Peru. 1979. [University of Maine at Farmington, Mantor Library; Maine State Library]

Vaughn, Mary Searles. A History of the Town of Peru Maine. Rumford, Me. Rumford Publishing Co. 1971.





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