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Caribou

Location Map For Caribou

in Aroostook County incorporated in 1859. European settlers awaited the conclusion of the northern boundary dispute with Canada before arriving in force in 1843. Home to the Nylander Museum of Natural History, Caribou’s depends significantly on the potato industry. See photos. Continue reading

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Courts, Judicial Department

Pownalborough Courthouse, Dresden (2000)

The 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse was the first built in Maine and the only one built prior to the Revolution. It was part of the Massachusetts court system, from which Maine separated in 1820. For details of early court history in … Continue reading

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Dresden

Location Map for Dresden

is site of the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse, the first built in Maine, visited by future President John Adams, Daniel Webster, and Benedict Arnold on his way to Quebec. The Earle R. Kelley Wildlife Management Area and the Dresden Bog are here in the area first settled in 1752. Continue reading

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History of the Court System – Long Form

HISTORY OF The COURT SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF MAINE [1636-1961] David Q. Whittier, Esq. for the Maine State Archives, 1971* This is the long version, verbatim except for footnotes. A condensed version is also available. Maine court history can … Continue reading

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History of the Court System of the State of Maine: 1636-1961 – Condensed

Pownalborough Court House, 23 Courthouse Road, in Dresden (2005)

David Q. Whittier, Esq. for the Maine State Archives, 1971* Maine court history can be divided into four distinct periods:  Early Colonial, 1620-1677; Provincial, 1677-1780; District, 1780-1820; State, 1820-present. EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD The first court constituted by legal authority in … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Accountability of the Courts

Scales of Justice

State Rank WASHINGTON 1 CONNECTICUT 2 PENNSYLVANIA 3 ARIZONA 4 CALIFORNIA 5 TEXAS 6 INDIANA 7 NEVADA 7 MICHIGAN 9 OREGON 9 RHODE ISLAND 9 WISCONSIN 9 ILLINOIS 13 NEBRASKA 13 NEW HAMPSHIRE 13 WEST VIRGINIA 13 FLORIDA 17 MARYLAND … Continue reading

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Saco

View of Saco Bay, from A Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1886

One half of the Biddeford-Saco metropolitan area, the city has its own extensive beach and Ferry Beach State Park. See photos. It is one stop on AMTRAK’s Downeaster rail service. Occupying the east side of the Saco River as it enters Saco Bay, the city is the eleventh largest community in Maine. Continue reading

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Wells

Cottages along Wells Beach (2012)

in York County north of Ogunquit, Wells Main Street is a commercial strip, hosting some community facilities, including the Junior High and the Historical Society. See photos. Wells Beach is a destination for locals and tourists alike. In 2004 the town estimated its peak summer population at about 39,000, including seasonal homes, lodging houses, and recreational vehicle parks. That is four times the resident population. Continue reading

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York

Loaction Map for York

Most of the town’s inhabitants are located between U.S. Route 1 (inland) and U.S. Route 1A which runs along the coast. Its population has more than doubled in the past thirty years, and grew by nearly 31 percent between 1990 and 2000. Beaches and cottages characterize the coast. Continue reading

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