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West Paris

Location Map for West Paris

Location Map for West Paris

Year Population
1970 1,171
1980 1,390
1990 1,514
2000 1,722
2010 1,812
West Paris Population Chart 1960-2010

Population Trend 1960-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:19:31
W. Latitude 70:31:30
Maine House District 71
Maine Senate District 18
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 24.4
Area sq. mi. (land) 24.3
Population/sq.mi. (land) 74.6
County: Oxford

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[PAHR-iss] is a town in Oxford County, settled in 1779 and incorporated in September, 1957. The community, north and west of Paris via Route 26, though small, has experienced consistent population growth over the past thirty years.

"Downtown" in West Paris (2003)

“Downtown” in West Paris (2003)

Mann Memorial Library (2003)

Mann Memorial Library (2003)

North Paris village is in the north eastern portion of the town on Route 219, near the 96-acre Moose Pond. The shallow (10 feet) pond is friendly to warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, yellow perch and chain pickerel. A state sponsored boat launch is located near the outlet dam.

Snow Falls Park (2003)

Snow Falls Park (2003)

Snow Falls, a 40 foot waterfall, drops into a gorge created by the Little Androscoggin River about two mile south of West Paris village. The River is an outlet of Bryant Pond in adjoining Woodstock.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Manager.

Additional resources

Barnes, Diane. The Oxford Hills: Greenwood, Norway, Oxford, Paris, West Paris and Woodstock. Dover, N.H. Arcadia Publishing. c1995.

*Maine. Historic Preservation Commission. Augusta, Me.   Text  from National Register of Historic Places: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/88003016.PDF.

The Oxford Inventory: A Guide to Local Research in the Oxford Hills. Norway, Me. 1997. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Mann, Arthur L., Memorial Library

[Main Street West Paris] This Library is singularly unique in its medieval castle-like form executed entirely in fieldstone. Designed by the Lewiston architectural firm of Gibbs and Pulsifer, the library was dedicated on September 4, 1926. It was the gift of Lewis M. Mann in memory of his son Arthur.

A meeting of local residents in 1889 inaugurated the West Paris Library Association, believed to be the community’s first such organization. Like most of its Maine contemporaries, this was a subscription library that charged its members an annual. The collection apparently was housed in a number of commercial buildings until the new building was completed in 1926. In 1925 it had become a free public library after the town allocated funds for its maintenance. A bequest of $5,000 and a building lot were given to the library in the will of Lewis Mann and it was matched by his son Edwin J. Mann. Numerous additional gifts have been made since the building’s construction.*

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