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Location Map for Strong

Location Map for Strong

Year Population
1970 1,132
1980 1,506
1990 1,217
2000 1,259
2010 1,213
Strong Population Chart 1810-2010

Population Trend 1810-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:47:18
W. Latitude 70:12:03
Maine House District 114
Maine Senate District 17
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 29.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 28.7
Population/sq.mi. (land) 42.3
County: Franklin

Total=land+water; Land=land only

sign: "Welcome to Strong, Incorporated 1801" (2004)[STRONG] is a town in Franklin County, settled in 1784 and incorporated on January 31, 1801 from the township T3 R1 NPC, WKR, once known as Reedstown Plantation.

Maine’s Republican Party was founded here on August 7, 1854 by a coalition of anti-slavery Democrats, other Democrats, and Whigs.

Municipal Offices (2004)

Municipal Offices (2004)

Veterans Memorial (2004)

Veterans Memorial (2004)

In 1886 the Gazetteer of Maine described the town enthusiastically as follows:

Strong village is nestled down among the hills just north of the bend in Sandy River, which is here crossed by an iron suspension bridge. The village contains several fine residences, and is one of the prettiest in the county. . . . 

At Strong village are a machine shop, boot and shoe factory, and that of the Sandy River Cheese Company, a manufactory of clothes-pins, cane seat chair bottoms and excelsior. The village is situated on the Sandy River narrow gauge railroad from Farmington to Phillips.

Strong Hardwood Sawmill (2004)

Strong Hardwood Sawmill (2004)

Large House in Strong (2004)

Large House in Strong (2004)

The main village is located about eleven miles north of Farmington on a big bend in the Sandy River at the junction of Maine Routes 4, 145, 149 and 234.

Sandy River in Strong (2001)

Sandy River in Strong (2001)

A Phillips to Farmington canoe trip on the Sandy River passes through Strong.

Bridge at the Sandy River (2013)

Bridge at Sandy River (2013) @

Launch Site in the River (2013)

Launch Site in the River (2013) @

Legion Hall near the Launch (2013)

Legion Hall near Launch (’13) @

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Brackley, Lewis. Strong, Maine “Incorporated 1801”: An Historical Account of a Sandy River Settlement. Strong, Me. Strong Historical Society. c1992.

Strong, Maine: Bicentennial 1801-2001. c2001. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 530-531.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

McCleary Farm, South Strong Road

Porter-Bell-Brackley Estate, Lower Main Street

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