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Waldo

Location Map for Waldo

Location Map for Waldo

Year Population
1970 431
1980 495
1990 626
2000 733
2010 762
Waldo Population Chart 1820-2010

Population Trend 1820-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:27:47
W. Latitude 69:05:39
Maine House District 97
Maine Senate District 11
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 19.4
Area sq. mi. (land) 19.4
Population/sq.mi. (land) 39.3
County: Waldo

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Waldo County Technical Center (2005)

Waldo County Technical Center (2005)

[WALL-dowe] is a town in Waldo County, first settled in 1811 by Henry Davidson.

Waldo Plantation was organized in 1821, followed by its incorporation as a town on March 17, 1845, all of which were named for Samuel Waldo the holder of a patent on large tracts of land in the area.

In 1880 the town had a”free-meetinghouse for religious users,” seven public schoolhouses, and a population of 664. It recently passed that number and has continued to grow.

This small community maintains some farming but has remnants of a stronger agricultural past.

The town of Waldo now hosts the Waldo County Waldo Regional Vocational Center, also known as the Waldo County Technical Center, seeking to provide training for new careers.

Working Farm on the Waldo Station Road (2005)

Working Farm on the Waldo Station Road (2005)

Classic Barn on the Waldo Station Road (2005)

Classic Barn on the Waldo Station Road (2005)

In 1950 the town reached its lowers population level since its first census in 1820.  Beginning in the 1950s it has seen steady residential growth, approaching its record high in the 2010 census.

Located just northwest of Belfast, the town is served by Maine Routes 7, 131, 137 and 203.

The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railway passes through to its terminus in Belfast.

The Railway runs summer service between Unity Station and Belfast for sightseeing and “just for fun.” [Photos below 2005]

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Mitchell, H. E. The Town Register: Lincolnville, Northport, Belmont, Morrill, Searsmont and Waldo, 1907. Brunswick, Me. The H. E. Mitchell Co. 1907.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p.555.

Mock town and railway station on the B&ML line, off Waldo Station Road

Mock town and railway station

on the B&ML line,

Mock town and railway station on the B&ML line, off Waldo Station Road

off Waldo Station Road

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