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Randolph

Location Map for Randolph

Location Map for Randolph

Year Population
1970 1,741
1980 1,832
1990 1,949
2000 1,911
2010 1,772
Randolph Population Chart 1890-2010

Population Trend 1890-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:14:10
W. Latitude 69:45:08
Maine House District 87
Maine Senate District 14
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 2.2
Area sq. mi. (land) 2.1
Population/sqmi (land) 843.8
County: Kennebec

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Randolph (2002)[RAN-dolf] is a town in Kennebec County, incorporated as West Pittston on March 4, 1887 from Pittston.

Within two weeks, it changed its name in honor of Randolph, Massachusetts, which itself was named for Peyton Randolph of Virginia, the first President of the Continental Congress.

Though an early settler reportedly arrived in 1670 and was killed by Indians in 1675, the first permanent settlers arrived about 1760.

Fire Department (2013)

Fire Department (2013)

Downtown Randolph (2013)

Downtown Randolph (2013)

Nathaniel Perry, the last surviving member of General George Washington’s Life Guards is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Randolph on Kennebec (2002)

Randolph on Kennebec (2002)

Houses near the Bridge ('13)

Houses near the Bridge (’13)

The old Gardiner-Pittston Bridge was opened as a toll bridge in 1853, but in 1887 the two towns (now Gardiner and Randolph) bought it and removed the tolls.

A new bridge, from which this photo was taken, has replace the original.

A pedestrian trail starts just south of the IGA grocery store on Water Street and extends from the Kennebec River through Randolph and Chelsea.

The trail once linked the river and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, now Togus Veterans Home.

That was during the 1800’s by the narrow-gauge (two-foot wide tracks) Kennebec Central Railroad.

Town Office (2013)

Town Office (2013) @

Veterans Memorial (2013)

Veterans Memorial (2013) @

Smelt Camps (2013)

Smelt Camps (2013) @

A suburb of Augusta, Randolph, tiny in terms of land area, lies on the east bank of the Kennebec River at the junction of Maine Routes 9, 27, 126, and 226.

Ice-Fishing Shacks on the Kennebec River in Randolph (2003)

Smelt Ice-Fishing Shacks on the Kennebec River in Randolph (2003)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

75th Anniversary Celebration of the Town of Randolph, Maine, August 9, 10 & 11, 1962. Gardiner, Me. Knight Printing. 1962? [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

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

Randolph, Maine, 1887-1962. Randolph Fireman’s Association. 1962? [University of Maine at Farmington. Mantor Library]

Smith, Danny D. and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Gardiner.  Charleston, SC. Arcadia Pub. c2008. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

Town of Randolph. New York. H.W. Blake & Co. 1892. (Cataloger Note: Extracted from: Illustrated History of Kennebec County Maine, 1625-1799-1892 . Editors Henry D. Kingsbury, Simeon L.Deyo) [Maine State Library]

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