Maine: An Encyclopedia
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Entries listed under "D"

Dallas Plantation

Location Map for Dallas

formed in 1895, a small but fast growing community, it contains two public lots and a four-season trail system. It is adjacent to Rangeley, and near the Rangeley Lakes and the Saddleback ski areas. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Damariscotta

Location Map for Damariscotta

in Lincoln County, contains Native American shell middens (heaps), built 8 clipper ships, and borders the Great Salt Bay nature preserve. Walt Disney’s Bambi was “born” here. See photos. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Damariscove Island

Map Showing the location of Damariscove Island. Green areas are unorganized territories.

Just south of Booth Bay, the island was one of the earliest places along the Maine coast inhabited by Europeans. Even before the Pilgrim’s Mayflower arrived, fishermen from England, France, Spain and Holland caught and dried cod, which was shipped … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Islands | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dana, John W.

John W. Dana (courtesy, Maine State Archives)

(1808-1867) born in Fryeburg on June 21, 1808. He was educated at Fryeburg Academy and later became a trustee of that institution. Dana became a business person rather than the lawyer his father had hoped he would be. Later he … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Governors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dane, Joseph

(1778-1858) a U.S. Representative was born in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts on October 25, 1778. He received his early education in Beverly, Massachusetts, attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1799. Dane studied law; was … Continue reading

Posted in U.S. Representatives | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Danforth

Location Map for Danforth

in the Baskahegan valley, is the northernmost town in Washington County, The village is at U.S. Route 1 and Maine Route 169 at the end of Crooked Brook Flowage. The majestic, historic 1888 Union Hall clock tower dominates the village. See photos. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Davee, Thomas

(1797-1841) a U.S. Representative, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 9, 1797. He attended the common schools. As an adult he moved to Maine where he worked in retail sales. Davee was a member of the Maine House of Representatives … Continue reading

Posted in U.S. Representatives | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Davis, Daniel

Daniel F. Davis (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1843-1897) , born in Freedom, was elected Governor by the Legislature after the disputed election of 1879 resulted in no majority at the polls. Although Davis, the Republican candidate from Corinth, received by far the most votes (68, 967 of … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Governors | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Day, Holman

Publications Up in Maine: Stories of Yankee Life Told in Verse (1900; his first book of poems)* The Legend of Frenche’s Isle (1900) An Edict in Modern Acadia (1901) Pine Tree Ballads: Rhymed Stories of Unplaned Human Natur’ Up in … Continue reading

Posted in Society, Authors, People (non-government) | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dayton

Location Map for Dayton

in York County, settled in 1753 and incorporated in 1854, is a rapidly growing community. Remains of an old mill site and dam recall the 19th century economy. See photos. A combined farm and cross country ski center is on the Buzzell Road. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dead River and Flagstaff Lake

Location Map for Dead River and Flagstaff Lake

The bulk of Flagstaff Lake (maps on right) cover Flagstaff, Bigelow, and Dead River townships in western Somerset County. The North Branch of the Dead River (maps on left) flow through the town of Eustis. Comparing the course of the … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ecology, Rivers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dead River TWP

Myron Avery Memorial

The township is immediately west of Carrying Place Town Township, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Little Bigelow Mountain, Myron H. Avery Peak, and West Peak challenge Appalachian Trail hikers. Bigelow Public Reserve Land, through which the … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Recreation, Townships | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dearborn

though incorporated on February 12, 1812, its original territory has been completely divided among the towns of Fairfield, Smithfield, Mercer, Rome, Belgrade, and Oakland. Formerly West Pond Plantation, the town was probably named for General Henry Dearborn, a Revolutionary War … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dearborn, Henry

(1751-1829) began a practice of medicine in 1772 in New Hampshire.  Later he was inspired to join the fight for independence from Britain, and took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill. In the late 1700’s Dearborn (also spelled Dearbourn) … Continue reading

Posted in Society, People (non-government) | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Death, Causes of

Chart: Causes of Death U.S. 2005

In 2005 twelve causes accounted for 80% of all deaths in the United States; thirteen accounted for 80% of all deaths in Maine. In both, heart disease and cancer alone caused nearly half of all deaths; stroke, lower respiratory diseases … Continue reading

Posted in Society, Health | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Deblois

Jasper Wyman & Sons Blueberry Management Facility in Deblois near Route 193 (2013)

Once part of William Bingham’s “million-acre purchase,” in western Washington County, incorporated 1852, contains Wyman’s extensive blueberry fields, with a private airstrip and migrant labor cabins. A former fish hatchery is on Hatchery Road. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, essentially in following format, was printed and distributed by order of the Massachusetts Legislative Council. Each Maine town received a copy and had it read to the assembled inhabitants. This was their official notification of the … Continue reading

Posted in History, National Documents, Primary Sources | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dedham

Location Map for Dedham

in Hancock County, settled 1810, incorporated 1837, is home to the historic Lucerne Inn and to the self-governing village corporation Lucerne-in-Maine, created in 1927. See photos and video. With two substantial lakes, Phillips and Green, the town is a growing recreational suburb of the Bangor-Brewer area. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deer

Lying Still After Discovery (2009)

From “WHITE-TAILS IN THE MAINE WOODS” by Gerry Lavigne, c. 1998 [major excerpts] Wildlife Biologist, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Deer Details Physical Characteristics Maine is home to one of the largest of the 30 recognized subspecies of white-tailed … Continue reading

Posted in Mammals, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deer Isle

Location Map for Deer Isle

John Steinbeck on Deer Isle: “There is something about it that opens no door to words.” Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge links the island to the mainland. See photos. The town, in Hancock County and incorporated 1789, includes nature preserves and 77 coastal islands. .
Continue reading

Posted in Government, Ecology, Cities & Towns, Islands | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Degree Days

The following heating and cooling degree day normals by month for forty-nine locations in Maine, one aspect of the climate, are calculated by recording the difference between the mean temperature for a month and 65 degrees as the base temperature. … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Climate | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dempsey, Deborah Doane

was the first female to graduate from Maine Maritime Academy. Born and raised in Connecticut, she went to the University of Vermont where she worked for a yacht delivery company. Later she decided to further her education at the Maine … Continue reading

Posted in Society, People (non-government) | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Denmark

Location Map for Denmark

Pleasant Mountain rises 2,006 feet among adjoining ridges and peaks. See photos. A hiking trail offers access and views of the surrounding countryside and of Moose Pond. Settled 1788 and incorporated 1807 in Oxford County, the town’s western line is the Saco River. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dennistown

Location Map for Dennistown

A scenic location for mountain bicyclists 84 miles north of Skowhegan, it is adjacent to Jackman. See photos. Two ponds with boat launches are several miles west of U.S. Route 201 in its interior. The sparsely populated plantation’s organization was confirmed formally in 1895. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dennysville

Location Map for Dennysville

is in eastern Washington County, settled 1786 and incorporated 1818. While using tidal power to generate electricity was to emerge in the 20th century, direct tidal power was at work in 1886, supporting lumber mills and a grist mill on the Denny’s River. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit

Location Map for Detroit

The East Branch of the Sebasticook River flows through the village on its way to Sebasticook Lake in Newport. See photos. Several mills used it water power in the 19th century. Incorporated 1828 in Somerset County as Chandlerville, the name was changed to Detroit in 1841. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dexter

Location Map for Dexter

A woolen mill, erected in 1835, started an industry that lasted for over 150 years. See photos. Recent manufacturing firm closings contributed to the decline in population in the 1990-2000 decade. Settled 1800, incorporated 1816 in Penobscot County, it is the birthplace in 1888 of legislator, congressman, governor, and U.S. Senator Ralph Owen Brewster. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dickey-Lincoln

Dickey Site on the St. John River

Electric power generated from Maine’s rivers provided an early source of energy for large pulp and paper companies and other sectors of the economy. Later oil fueled electric generation emerged, followed in the mid-20th century by nuclear power. Later still … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Industrial Facilities | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dingley, Nelson Jr.

Nelson Dingley, Jr. (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1832-1899) a U.S. Representative was born in Durham on February 15, 1832. He attended the common schools at Unity, Waterville Seminary, and Waterville College, now Colby College. Dingley was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1855, studied law and was admitted … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Governors, U.S. Representatives | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dix Island

Location of Dix Island

[DICKS ISLAND] is located three miles off shore from the town of South Thomaston in the Muscle Ridge Islands group of about fifteen islands and a fair number of ledges and reefs. Dix Island Harbor lies to the southeast of … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Islands | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dix, Dorothea

Dorothea Dix Park

was born on April 4, 1802 in Hampden. A park in her honor was created in that town. She was the first child of three born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow Dix. Her grandfather, Elijah Dix, owned land in … Continue reading

Posted in Society, People (non-government) | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dixfield

Location Map for Dixfield

Dr. Elijah Dix bought the town (and Dixmont); his granddaughter was social reformer Dorothy Dix. See video and photos. Inventor Leonard Norcross was a resident in the early 19th century. The town town in Oxford County incorporated in 1803. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dixmont

Location Map for Dixmont

in Penobscot County, incorporated 1807, was named for Dr. Elijah Dix, who bought the town (and Dixfield). His granddaughter was the social reformer, Dorothea Lynde Dix. Maine Routes 9 and U.S. Route 202 pass through Dixmont and Dixmont Center villages, with long views of the surrounding area, and locally known “Dixmont Hill,” actually Peaked Mountain, with its communications antennas. See photos. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dover-Foxcroft

Location Map for Dover-Foxcroft

the county seat of Piscataquis County, born of the union of Dover and Foxcroft in 1922, and home to Foxcroft Academy and three members of Congress, is the commercial center of the area. See photos. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dow, Neal

Neal Dow (Maine State Museum)

(1804-1897) was born in Portland on March 20, 1804. He was educated by his Quaker parents in the principles of temperance, industry, and thrift and attended the Friends Academy in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Instead of college, he entered his father’s … Continue reading

Posted in Society, People (non-government) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dresden Bog

Roadside culverts mark the Dresden Bog access site (2010)

The Erle R. Kelley Wildlife Management Area encompasses most of Dresden Bog, within the town of Dresden, and much of the adjoining land, some of which is in Alna. The Bog, one of Maine’s many nature preserves, is accessible from … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Nature Preserves | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Drew Plantation

Location Map for Drew

Its eastern portion is dominated by the Mattawamkeag River System Wildlife Management Area. Recreational opportunities include boating, canoeing, and wildlife viewing for eagles, osprey, deer, moose and water birds. The 6,800 plus acre parcel includes Mud Pond. In 1921 Drew was incorporated as a town, but in the depths of the Great Depression it reverted to a plantation. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ducks

Quacking Mallards, Brunswick (2011)

An article c. 1997 by Pat Corr (retired) Wildlife Biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife DABBLING DUCKS Description Dabbling ducks common in Maine are the American black duck, the mallard, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, and wood duck. Northern … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Birds, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dunlap, Robert P.

Robert Pinkney Dunlap (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1794-1859) a U.S. Representative, was born in Brunswick on August 17, 1794, was educated by private tutors and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1815. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Brunswick. … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Governors, U.S. Representatives | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dunn, David

David Dunn (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1811-1894) was born in Cornish on January 17, 1811. Where he received whatever formal education he possessed remains a mystery but we do know that he studied law under then future Governor, “Squire” John Fairfield, of Saco. Dunn was admitted … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Governors | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Durham

Durham Community School on the Royalsborough Road (2013)

The 1835 Union Church was a community meeting house, then in 1922, the Town Office, and recently home of the Durham Historical Society. The early 20th century religious movement known as the Sandfordites, after their leader Frank W. Sandford, built their 1897 temple “Shiloh” here. Runaround Pond offers a pleasant canoe trip through water lilies and bird life. See video and photos. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Recreation, Canoe Trips, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dyer Brook

Location Map for Dyer Brook

Dyer Brook, incorporated in 1891, so named for the stream that flows through it and into the Mattawamkeag River, is in the heart of potato country. See photos. This sparsely populated rural town has no paved roads, other than U.S. Route 2. An extensive bog occupies the middle of the township. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Cities & Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment