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Economy, Labor History

Panel 1

People who have worked on farms, in forests, on the seas, in mills, factories and offices — all have contributed to the Maine economy over the past nearly four centuries.  In the twenty-first century more people are working in commercial, … Continue reading

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Labor Force

Chart of Maine Labor Force

The labor force is defined as the total of people employed and those who are unemployed and seeking employment. While growing in the long term, Maine’s total labor force actually contracts from time to time as people stop seeking employment. … Continue reading

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Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse Game (2003)

Consecutive Championships School No. Year Boys Cape Elizabeth 3 1998-2000 Scarborough 4 2010-2013 Girls Waynflete 3 2003-2005 GIRLS BOYS Year No Classes No Classes 1998 Waynflete Cape Elizabeth 1999 Waynflete Cape Elizabeth 2000 Bonny Eagle Cape Elizabeth 2001 Waynflete No. … Continue reading

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Ladd, George Washington

(1818-1892) a U.S. Representative was born in Augusta on September 28, 1818. He attended the common schools and Kents Hill Seminary. He was in the drug business in Bangor and later in lumber, commission, and wholesale grocery businesses. Elected as … Continue reading

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Ladd, William

William Ladd (1778-1841), a resident of Minot, was an early activist for world peace. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire on May 10, 1778, he was groomed for college by his parents and entered Harvard when he was fifteen. Not inclined … Continue reading

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Lagrange

Location Map for Lagrange

While growing slowly, this still small community retains its rural, farming and home town identity. Lagrange was named for the estate of the Marquis de La Fayette, the French friend of the American Revolution. See photos. A section of Maine Public Reserved Land is in the southwest corner of the township, managed for recreation and sustainable forestry. Continue reading

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Lake View Plantation

Location Map for Lakeview Plantation

The small community’s more than doubling in population from 2000 to 2010 may be due to the selling of large tracts of woodland to private individuals for the creation of “wilderness” estates around Schoodic Lake. Lake View Plantation’s town office is located in nearby Brownville. Home to a section of public reserved land. Continue reading

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Lakes

Moosehead Lake (2002)

The following are the locations and sizes of Maine’s twenty largest lakes. Historical ice out dates for Maine Lakes are one measure of the impact climate change in the state. See more details for Maine’s sixty largest lakes. Name Town … Continue reading

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Lakes, Sixty Largest

The largest lakes in Maine, those over ten acres in area, are defined as “great ponds.”  The following are details about the sixty largest. In the table below “drain” refers to the total drainage that leads water to the lake. … Continue reading

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Lakeville Plantation

Location Map for Lakeville

Just northwest of the “grand lake” area of Washington County, it has frontage on Upper Sysladobsis, Sysladobsis, and Junior Lakes, among others. Nearly 11% of Lakeview’s area is accounted for by its lakes. Its southwestern portion contains a tract of Penobscot Indian Territory. The once very small community has been growing consistently from 1970 through 2010. Continue reading

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Lakewood

The Theater (2005)

is located in East Madison in the town of Madison. Since it is only a few miles north of the larger community of Skowhegan, Lakewood is often mistakenly thought to be in that town. Lakewood is the site of a … Continue reading

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Lambert Lake Township

Location Map for Lambert Lake TWP

is located south of Vanceboro in eastern Washington County.  The St. Croix River is its boundary with Canada. Two improved roads, Route 6 and Loon Bay Road, and a rail line, intersect near Lambert Lake and its small village. Loon … Continue reading

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Lamoine

Lamoine Consolidated School (2013)

a town in Hancock County, incorporated in 1870. Mount Desert Narrows separates Mount Desert Island from Trenton and Lamoine. Eastern Bay is east of the narrows between Lamoine and the island. Lamoine State Park and Lamoine Beach are both on the shore of Eastern Bay. They are at the end of Maine Route 184, which departs from U.S. Route 1 in Ellsworth. Continue reading

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Lang Township

Dead River South Branch (2017)

North of Dallas Plantation, Lang Township (originally T2 R3 WBKB) is a rural area that has one major improved road, Maine Route 16, and the short Kennebago Road. While sources are sketchy, its population in 1870 was 36, in 1880, … Continue reading

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Langlais, Bernard

Abenaki Indian Sculpture in Skowhegan (2002)

(1921 – 1977) was born in Old Town and learned skills with woodworking from his carpenter father. In a 2005 review of his life and work, J. T. Leonard of The Times Record in Brunswick noted When artist Bernard “Blackie” … Continue reading

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Latitude and Longitude

Latitude Maine, while sometimes appearing to be the northernmost of the 48 contiguous states, actually ranks sixth after Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Latitude measures the vertical distance, in degrees, north and south from the Earth’s equator, which … Continue reading

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Laughlin, Gail

(1868-1952) was a prominent lawyer, legislator, and women’s rights advocate. She was born on May 7, 1868 as Abbie Hill Laughlin, in Robbinston. She graduated from Portland High School in 1886, receiving the Brown Medal for the highest grades. Laughlin … Continue reading

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Lebanon

Location Map for Lebanon

This western-most town borders New Hampshire on the Salmon Falls River. A rapidly growing rural commuter community, Lebanon tripled its population between 1970 and 2010, adding 20% between 2000 and 2010. Settled in 1743, it was incorporated 1767. A meeting house was erected in 1753, two garrison houses in 1755, and a parsonage in 1759. Continue reading

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Lee

Location Map for Lee

in Penobscot County, incorporated in 1832, is home to Lee Academy. Victorian style Mallett Hall, also known as the Mount Jefferson House, has been a fixture in the town since 1889. village center lies at the intersection of Route 6 and the short Route 168 from Winn. Continue reading

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Leeds

Location Map for Leeds

While not as important to the local economy as it was in the 19th Century, farming still thrives in some areas of the community. Amid the farms of rural Leeds, the DeCoster mill, on a railroad line in North Leeds, dominates the landscape. The east shore of Androscoggin Lake brings several miles of shore frontage to the community in the northeast corner, including Stinchfield Beach. The Androscoggin River forms the western boundary separating Leeds from Turner. Continue reading

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Legislative Branch

Appropriations Committee Hearing Room (2002)

The legislature was established: in 1820 “To make and establish all reasonable laws and regulations for the defense and benefit of the people of this State, not repugnant to the Constitution, nor to that of the United States.” Maine Constitution, … Continue reading

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Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the administrative body for the Legislative Branch. It comprises the ten members of legislative leadership: the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Majority and Minority Floor Leaders and the Majority and Minority … Continue reading

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Legislative Process

Idea developed A legislator decides to sponsor a bill, sometimes at the suggestion of a constituent, interest group, public official or the Governor. The legislator may ask other legislators in either chamber to join as co-sponsors. While the Maine legislator … Continue reading

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Legislature, House of Representatives

Maine State House Districts 1994-2002

The Maine House of Representatives, on of the two houses of the Maine Legislature, contains 151 voting members elected from as many House Districts. House members are assigned to Joint Standing Committees, as are members of the Senate, to hear … Continue reading

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Legislature, Party Balance

Legislative Seats by Party (January 2017)

The overall political party balance in the Legislature is important since a joint convention of both bodies elects the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Auditor. The Republican party controlled that joint convention from 1917 through 1974 … Continue reading

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Legislature, Senate Party Balance

2004 Senate Election

Political party electoral strength has followed certain geographic patterns in recent years.  In the maps below Maine Senate district election results are illustrated: blue for Democrats, red for Republicans, and yellow for non-party (“independent”) candidates.  During this period the only … Continue reading

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Legislature, Senate Presidents

Senate Presidents Terms Since 1820

One-hundred thirteen people have served as Presidents of the Maine Senate since 1820.  Until 1880, terms were typically for one year only.  In 1880 the Maine Constitution was amended to provide for two-year terms for legislators instead of the one-year … Continue reading

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Legislature, Speakers of the House

Length of Speakers Terms

There have been 101 Speaker-terms in the House of Representatives since 1820.  Six Speakers served two separate terms each, making 95 individuals who have held that office through 2013. During that time 93 terms were of one year of less; … Continue reading

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Legislature, Women Members

Women Legislators 1923-1917

Year House Senate Total 1923 1 0 1 1925 1 0 1 1927 4 2 6 1929 4 3 7 1931 4 1 5 1933 3 1 4 1935 6 1 7 1937 6 2 8 1939 4 1 5 … Continue reading

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LePage, Paul R.

Paul R. LePage (governor

(from the governor’s official internet site, April 25, 2011) Remarkable Life Story Paul LePage has spent most of his life tackling one challenge after another, the kinds of challenges that defeat most people. The oldest son of eighteen children in … Continue reading

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Levant

Location Map for Levant

In the 1990-2000 decade Levant, just 8 miles from Bangor, was one of the fastest growing towns in the area with population growing by more than 25%. The next decade it grew by over 31%. The Minerva Grange was formed in1902 when 54 people voted to do so. It is still used for community meetings. Continue reading

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Lewiston

Location Map for Lewiston

Lewiston Falls, on the Androscoggin River between downtown Lewiston and neighboring Auburn, its “twin” city, was a fishing source for Native Americans. Recently, a park has been developed at the site of the falls, known as Great Falls, and one of the old mills, now a housing complex, that once thrived on its power. The great demand for manufacturing labor in the 19th century drew large numbers of French speaking people from Canada and northern Maine. From 1970 to 2000 the city’s population was again in decline. In 2010 it grew by about 1,000. This time another ethnic group, Somali refugees, were instrumental in the recent growth. Continue reading

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Lewiston Historic Register

Androscoggin Mill Block (2016)

National Register of Historic Places – Listings – Lewiston Androscoggin Mill Block [269-271 Park Street] Due primarily to demands for an increasing labor force required to operate the many large-scale mills opening, the population of Lewiston grew from just under … Continue reading

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Liberty

Location Map for Liberty

Lake St. George and its associated State Park, are in the north-central portion of the Town on Route 3. Liberty Village is on the east shore of the Lake and Route 173 is the main street. This scenic rural community is about a twenty-one mile and about a half-hour drive to Camden; and less than twenty miles and less than a half-hour drive to Belfast. In the 1880’s Liberty was know for its many apple orchards and fertile farmland. Continue reading

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Lighthouses

Pemaquid Point Light (2001)

The rugged coast and unpredictable waters of Maine have created an environment demanding protection for seafarers. Lighthouses have been built along Maine’s coast since the country began. In fact, there are more lighthouses here than in any other state Maine’s size. There are some 71 lighthouses between Boon Island off York, and West Quoddy Head in Lubec. Continue reading

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Lighthouses, Fort Point

Earliest known phtotograph of Fort Pownal (1859)

one of about seventy lightouses on the Maine coats, was established in 1836, a year after the U.S. Government purchased ten acres of land on Fort Point in Stockton Springs. Joseph Berry of Georgetown built the tower and station for … Continue reading

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Lily Bay State Park

Sign: Lily Bay State Park (2011)

is located on Moosehead Lake in the town of Beaver Cove, just north of Greenville.  It occupies 925 acres of a broad peninsular bounded by the lake and Rowell Cove. The park features  two camping areas bordering the lake with … Continue reading

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Limerick

Location Map for Limerick

It was settled by whites in 1775 on the old Pequaket Trail, a way station used by the Sokoki Indians traveling between the Saco River and Pequaket (Fryeburg). Sokokis Lake (also known as Holland Pond) and the long Lake Arrowhead grace the northeast corner of the town near Limerick village. Continue reading

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Limestone

Location Map for Limestone

The town is a port of entry into the United States from Limestone, New Brunswick, Canada. In the north of the town, the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge straddles the town line with Caswell. The disastrous impact on the community of the demise of Loring Air Force Base in the 1990’s may be told by Limestone’s sharp population decline. The School of Mathematics and Science, a high school for top students from across the state, is now located on the former military facility. Continue reading

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Limington

Location Map for Limington

Limington Academy, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was incorporated in 1848. See video and photos. After 200 years, the old Town Hall was replaced by a modern Municipal Complex. Primary education now takes place in the Emery Memorial School, a major change from the old Longfellow School. Nevertheless, the main village retains its historic character thanks to the local efforts to establish its Historic District. Continue reading

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Lincoln

Location Map for Lincoln

In 1846, Henry David Thoreau noted that his group “came into the Houlton road again, here called the military road, at Lincoln where there is quite a village for this country.” See photos. It has been a manufacturing center for pulp and paper, shoes and textiles. Recent years have seen a declining population as those sectors have faded. A 40 turbine wind will benefit the town budget. Continue reading

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Lincoln County

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

is the thirteenth largest in population of the sixteen counties, located in mid-coast Maine. Its early history is well described as follows: Lincoln County was the most easterly of the two counties established, June 21, 1760, when York County was … Continue reading

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Lincoln County Nature Preserves

Entrance to Damariscove Harbor (2001)

Bass Rock, Round Pond. 12 acres look out on Muscongus Sound. There are no trails. Managed by the Nature Conservancy. Park on Back Shore Road. Damariscove Island, Boothbay. This National Historic Landmark (Maine’s earliest permanent settlement) is 209 acres of … Continue reading

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Lincoln Plantation

Location Map for Lincoln Plantation

In the 19th century, it was a magnet for summer visitors to Parmachene Lake, a hunting and fishing resort. See photos. The southern end of Aziscohos Lake offers campsites and fishing in the area known as Wilsons Mills. The Aziscohos Dam spills water into the Magalloway River. A 93-foot Covered Bridge, built in 1901 has been closed to traffic since 1985. Continue reading

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Lincoln, Enoch

(1749-1829) was born in Hingham, Massachusetts on December 28, 1788. His father was Lieutenant Governor of that State from 1807 to 1808. Enoch entered Harvard College in 1806 but withdrew in 1808. In 1821 he received an honorary Master of … Continue reading

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Lincolnville

Location Map for Lincolnville

Located on U.S. Route 1 and Penobscot Bay, the village of Lincolnville Beach is the Maine State Ferry Service mainland terminal for the ferry to Islesboro. See photos. Lincolnville Center is about seven miles inland from the beach. That village hosts another post office, a general store, a former fire house and adjoining schoolhouse, an old meetinghouse, and the Lincolnville Telephone Company. Continue reading

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Lindsey, Stephen Decatur

Stephen D. Lindsey, courtesy Maine State Archives

(1828-1884) a U.S. Representative, was born in Norridgewock on March 3, 1828. He attended the common schools and Bloomfield Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Norridgewock in 1853. Clerk of the judicial courts … Continue reading

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Linneus

Location Map for Linneus

Year Population 1970 608 1980 752 1990 810 2000 892 2010 984 Geographic Data N. Latitude 46:54:25 W. Latitude 67:51:48 Maine House District 145 Maine Senate District 2 Congress District 2 Area sq. mi. (total) 45.8 Area sq. mi. (land) … Continue reading

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Lisbon

Location Map for Lisbon

Lisbon Falls, on the Androscoggin River, is the largest village; Lisbon Village, on the Sabattus River, is the next largest. See photos. A mill town harnessing the power of these rivers through most of the 20 century, Lisbon’s economy has turned more toward services and light industry as the mills have closed. Stephen King attended high school here. Continue reading

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Litchfield

Location Map for Litchfield

The town contains the Tacoma Lakes, Cobbosseecontee Stream, a portion of Cobbosseecontee lake, Pleasant Pond, and several other ponds. See photos. Between Lewiston and Augusta, it offers summer cottage locations for many area residents. Litchfield Corners, in the southern tip of the community, hosts an old tavern, new town office and a country store. Continue reading

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Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron (2014)

A bird somewhat harder to find than the Great Blue Heron, the Little Blue Heron ranges from the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast to their northern most reach in Maine. They feed in marshes, tidal flats and … Continue reading

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Littlefield, Charles Edgar

(1851-1915) a U.S. Representative, was born in Lebanon on June 21, 1851, and attended the common schools and Foxcroft Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1876 and practiced in Rockland. A member of the Maine House … Continue reading

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Littleton

Location Map for Littleton

in potato country north of Houlton, it is split by U.S. Route 1 and borders Canada on its east. See photos. It is home to Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum. Watson Settlement Bridge, built in 1911, is the oldest surviving Howe Truss system in a Maine covered bridge. The Littleton Esker is west of U.S. Route 1 just north of the Littleton-Houtlon town line. Continue reading

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Livermore

Livermore, the main village, fronts on Brettuns Pond. A boat launch is located off Route 4. Near Livermore village several old community buildings suggest an earlier location for the village center. North Livermore village is centered on twin water bodies, Round Pond and Long Pond. North Livermore Baptist Church graces the community, just north of “The Norlands” a living history center. Continue reading

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Livermore Falls

Livermore Falls Birdseye View 1889

For years Livermore Falls was a thriving paper mill town. See video and photos. Recently, the employment future has become less certain, as shown by the age of the housing stock. Pikes Corner at Route 133 and 106 is in the East Livermore area, in Livermore Falls. The town is directly north of the Lewiston-Auburn area. An extensive logging and manufacturing operation produces wood pallets. Continue reading

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Lobster Landings

Lobster Landings 1950-2011

After almost forty years of basically flat lobster landings at about 20,000,000 pounds, the catch has trended upward since 1990.  While the value has increased consistently in current dollars, its rate of increased accelerated with higher catch figures. Landings vary … Continue reading

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Lobster Landings by Location

County Lobster Landngs 2011

Lobster landings occur all along Maine’s long coastline.  Stonington in Hancock County is by far the port receiving the largest amount and value of this commercial fishery. Lobster’s $435 million plus ex-vessel value accounted for 77% of the total value … Continue reading

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Lobster Township

The Beach at Ogden Point (2008)

is located in Piscataquis County east of the northernmost portion of Moosehead Lake and of adjoining Northeast Carry Township. Lobster lake, so-named because of its shape, dominates as an attraction for canoe trips and camping.  Campsites are available primarily on … Continue reading

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Lobsters

Seagulls Surround a Lobster Boat, Half Way Rock, Casco Bay (2004)

Historically Lobsters, now a major factor in Maine’s commercial fisheries,  were once so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize fields and to bait fish hooks.  According to Colin Woodward, in 1608 with the Popham Colony failing, Lobsters were … Continue reading

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Local Government

"Signs of the Towns"

in New England traces its origins to 1620 and the Mayflower Compact written and agreed to by the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony. By 1652 the Colony asserted its authority over that part of Maine known then and now as York(shire) … Continue reading

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Long Island

Location Map for Long Island

is a town in Cumberland County incorporated in 1992, the first new town in Maine since 1925, from an island in Casco Bay once a part of Portland. See map. It has several beaches, harbors, a fresh water marsh, and a 125 acre conservation area. In addition to the post office, there is one year-round store, and a store and a gift shop open seasonally. A “guest house” is also open all year. The village is at the southwestern end with the town office, community center, library, and a K-5 school. Continue reading

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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

His Work . . . Hyperion, a prose romance and Voices of the Night (1839) “Psalm of Life,” a poem (1839) Ballads and Other Poems, including “The Skeleton in Armor” (1841) Ballads and Other Poems (1842) Poems on Slavery (1842) … Continue reading

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Longfellow, Stephen

(1775-1849) a U.S. Representative; born in Gorham on June 23, 1775, was graduated from Harvard University in 1798. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and began his practice in Portland. In 1807 he became the proud … Continue reading

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Longley, James B. Jr.

James B. Longley, Jr.

(1951- ) a U.S. Representative was born in Lewiston July 7, 1951. He graduated Phillips Academy, Holy Cross and the University of Maine Law School. A personal assistant to the late Governor James B. Longley, Sr., his father, he joined … Continue reading

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Longley, James B. Sr.

James B. Longley, Sr. in the governor

(1924-1980) born in Lewiston, attended public schools, Baldwin College, and received a law degree from the University of Maine in 1957. After his service with the Army Air Corps during World War II, he returned to enter the insurance business … Continue reading

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Longley, Stephen J.

Steve Longley "Ferryman" (2007)

Stephen Joseph Longley (1957-2013), born in Lewiston, was known throughout the Appalachian Trail hiking community by his trail name, “The Ferryman,” for twenty years, from 1987 to 2007. He operated the Appalachian Trail Conference’s Kennebec River Ferry Service where the … Continue reading

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Loons

Loon in Pierce Pond (2007)

may be found all over Maine in its lakes and ponds. In winter they move closer to the coast where they fish in the ocean and bays. Loons are deep divers and swim great distances under water to avoid humand … Continue reading

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Loring Air Force Base

Location Map for Limestone

Beginning in 1952, Loring Air Force Base, and, in 1953, its 42nd Bombardment Wing of B-52 bombers, created an economic supplement to potato processing in Limestone. It was renamed in 1955 for Maine’s Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor winner, … Continue reading

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Lottery

has been a fundraising device for public purposes in Maine for at least 240 years. A tradition brought from England, Harvard College and George Washington both approved them for construction projects. In 1758 the York County Lottery was promoted to … Continue reading

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Lovejoy, Elijah Parish

Birthplace Marker (2003)

“I cannot surrender my principles, though the whole world would vote them down. I can make no compromise between truth and error, even though my life be the alternative.“ – – ELIJAH PARISH LOVEJOY, 1835 Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) was … Continue reading

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Lovell

Location Map for Lovell

The town is named for John Lovell (or Lovewell), the hero of the Battle of Lovewell’s Pond in 1725, in which he was killed but the remaining Abenaki people abandoned the area. See photos. One of the lodges at Kezar Lake was owned by stage and screen star Rudy Vallee. Center Lovell, in the shadow of Sabattus Mountain, is the primary village, located on the shore of Middle Bay. Continue reading

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Lowell

Location Map for Lowell

The relatively new town office and community center is in East Lowell on Route 188 near Vinegar Hill Road. See photos. The village is at Eskutarsis Road, Tannery Road and Route 188, known as West Main Road and East Main Road. Mill Stream, the outlet from Eskutarsis Pond, once hosted a grist mill. A piece of its machinery sits on the bank. Lowell has been a high growth town, adding to its population at an average rate of 24% in each census since 1970, though not close to an urban center. Continue reading

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Lowell, Joshua

Joshua Adams Lowell (1801-1874), a U.S. Representative, was born in Thomaston on March 20, 1801. He attended the common schools, taught school, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in East Machias in 1826. A member … Continue reading

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Lubec

Location Map for Lubec

Lubec contains the easternmost point in the United States: West Quoddy Head, on which the famous lighthouse of the same name sits. See video and photos. A State Park is nearby. Lubec is the birthplace of Myron Avery, a key to the creation of the Appalachian Trail and a founder of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. The sardine industry important in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Continue reading

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Ludlow

Location Map for Ludlow

This “half-township” (New Limerick occupies the other half of the original township) lies just west of the northern portion of Houlton. Ludlow is an agricultural community in the heart of southern Aroostook potato county. The soybean in the article is an example of the continuous, historic attempts to diversify the county’s farm economy. Continue reading

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Lumber Industry

Logging Equipment at a Sawmill in Belgrade (2003)

From earliest European presence, the Maine woods have been a source for masts, boat building, housing, and other structures. Later, the paper industry and recreational hunting, hiking, and camping, broadened its importance. Still later, people saw its role in absorbing greenhouse gasses, providing wildlife habitat wildlife, and protecting water resources. Continue reading

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Lyman

Location Map for Lyman

Earlier called Swansfield, it was named after Theodore Lyman of York, a successful businessman and Boston merchant. Goodwins Mills is a village straddling the town lines of Lyman and Dayton. The first saw and grist mills were located there in 1782. Lyman’s United Methodist Church was established in 1840. Dotted with ponds, the area is a rural commuter community with easy access to Sanford and the Biddeford-Saco areas.. Continue reading

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Lynch, John

(1825-1892) a U.S. Representative, was born in Portland on February 18, 1825. He attended the public schools, was graduated from the Portland High School in 1842. Lynch engaged in business and was manager of the Portland Daily Press in 1862. … Continue reading

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Lynchtown Township

Location Map for Lynchtown Township

The Oxford County Township, in northwestern Maine on the New Hampshire border, is just south of Parmachenee Township. It includes and  a small north portion of Aziscohos Lake and the bulk of Parmachenee Lake.  That lake was home to the … Continue reading

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Lynx, Canada

Canada Lynx (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Canada lynx is a forest­ cat of northern latitudes and high mountains. While Maine has long been a home to the Lynx, experts believe relatively few have inhabited the state until recently. It is listed as “threatened” under the … Continue reading

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