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Ripley

Location Map for Ripley

Location Map for Ripley

Year Population
1970 297
1980 439
1990 445
2000 452
2010 488
Ripley Population Chart 1860-2010

Population Trendt 1860-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:00:34
W. Latitude 69:23:03
Maine House District 105
Maine Senate District 4
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 25.0
Area sq. mi. (land) 24.6
Population/sq.mi. (land) 19.8
County: Somerset

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Junction of Todds Corner Road and West Ripley Road (2003)[RIP-lee] a town in Somerset County was incorporated December 11, 1816 from township T5 R5 NWP.

In 1834 it provided land to form Cambridge, and in 1862 it ceded some land to St. Albans.

Settled possibly as early as 1801, the town was named in honor of Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (1782-1839), a graduate of Dartmouth College and a distinguished officer in the War of 1812.

West Ripley village is at the junction of West Ripley Road and Todds Corner Road.

Ripley Pond (2003)

Ripley Pond (2003)

Ripley Pond (2003)

Ripley Pond (2003)

Ripley Pond, once known as Rogers Pond, extends two miles north to south.

Ripley Village is at the southern end. The outlet of the pond, Ripley Stream, was the site of two sawmills and a grist mill in the late 19th century.

This rural small town lies east of Harmony on Maine Route 154, with connections to routes 23 and 152.

Sebasticook River (2003)

Sebasticook River (2003)

Sebasticook River (2003)

Sebasticook River (2003)

Ripley is a half-township, but not in the usual sense of a 3 by 6 mile rectangle.

It and neighboring Cambridge are divided diagonally by the Sebasticook River, once known as Maine Stream, which runs from northeast to southwest.

Field and Farms in Ripley (2003)

Field and Farms in Ripley (2003)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Administrative Assistant.

Additional resources

Blaney, Sandra Wintle. Entering Ripley. 2002. (Dexter, Me. Dexter Print Shop. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library; Bangor Public Library]

Lowell, Sylvanus P. Papers, 1868-1907. (Cataloger Note: Sylvanus P. Lowell, born in 1823, was a farmer in Ripley. The collection contains financial records dating from 1868 to 1907 of Sylvanus P. Lowell and his sons. Included are tax bills, notes for money borrowed from various individuals, and bills for selling farm products such as hay, calves, oxen, etc.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Ripley Sesqui-Centennial, 1816-1966: Program. Ripley, Me. Sesqui-Centennial Program Committee. 1966. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Spizuoco, Frank E. Around Ripley. Charleston, SC. Arcadia, c2003. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1881. pp. 478-479.

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