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Presque Isle, Maine, USA - Main St., Presque Isle, Me.

Presque Isle, Aroostook, ME

Presque Isle is a city in Aroostook County, settled in 1828 and incorporated on April 4, 1859 from Plantations from F, G and H. It annexed the town of Maysville in 1883 and was incorporated as a city on January 1, 1940.

The French presque isle means "almost an island," based on the twists and turns of the Aroostook River and the Presque Isle Stream.

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Opera House and Hotel, 1909
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1883 - Towns Combine
In 1883, the town of Maysville became a part of Presque Isle.
1886 - Presque Isle
Presque Isle lies in the second range of townships in Aroostook County, a few miles south of Aroostook River. It is bounded on the north by Maysville, south by Westfield Plantation, east by Easton, and west by Chapman and Mapleton plantations. The Presque isle Stream enters on the west side of the town and leaves it on the north. Presque Isle Village, the principal centre of business, is situated on the stream near the northern line. In the southern part, a little west of a middle line, in Quaggy Joe Lake, one mile in length, having Arnold Brook as an outlet. On this, near the pond, is the small village of Spragueville. South by south-west of the village is the four-peaked "Green Mountain," lying in a true north and south line. The middle of the town generally is elevated, and there are still extensive forests in the western, southern and eastern parts. There is a lumber and a cabinet mill at Spragueville, and at Presque Isle Village are two lumber-mills, a grist-mill, a. wool-carding ... Read MORE...

1895 - Presque Isle
Presque Isle, a post-village in Presque Isle township, Aroostook co., Me., near the Aroostook River, 42 miles N. by W. of Houlton. It contains 3 churches, the Presque Isle Academy, a newspaper office, a starch-factory, and several saw-mills.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Presque Isle, a post-village in Presque Isle township (town), Aroostook co., Me., near the Aroostook River, 42 miles N. by W. of Houtlon, on the Bangor and Aroostook and the Canadian Pacific Rs. It has manufactures of starch, lumber, etc. Pop. in 1900, 1256; of the town, 3804.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1909 - MANY HOUSES BURNED DOWN. THOUSAND PEOPLE HOMELESS AT PRESQUE ISLE, ME. RAVAGES RESIDENCE SECTION. FIRE DESTROYS ONE HUNDRED DWELLINGS, THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, THE MASONIC HALL AND SEVERAL OTHER STRUCTURES
HIGH WIND LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXTENT OF THE DISASTER. SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.

Presque Isle, Me., June 8. - The entire northeasterly section of this village, comprising the district where were situated the most pretentious residences, was swept by fire, a high wind carrying the flames and embers from street to street until 100 dewelling houses and the Congregational church, the Masonic hall and several other structures had been reduced to ashes. The Canadian Pacific railroad station and two large storehouses for potatoes were burned. The total loss is estimated at $300,000.

Upward of 1,000 persons are homeless.

A high wind which prevailed all day is responsible largely for the extent of the disaster. It carried blazing embers a distance of a quarter of a mile in many cases, and new fires started after the first was well under way.

Several persons were reported injured, but there were no fatalities.
The burned section covers an area of half a square mile, including ... Read MORE...

On January 1, 1940, Presque Isle was incorporated as a city.

1956 - October 13 - WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins

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Presque Isle is the wettest city in Maine, averaging 103 days of precipitation each year.

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2023 - Presque Isle, Maine, has a lot to offer! Here's a list of places to go and things to do in this charming town:
Aroostook State Park:

Start your adventure with a visit to Aroostook State Park. It's a fantastic spot for hiking, picnicking, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. The park is open year-round, offering different activities in each season.

Presque Isle Historical Society and Museum:

Get a glimpse into the town's past at the Presque Isle Historical Society and Museum. Explore exhibits that showcase the history and heritage of the region. It's a great place to learn about the people and events that shaped Presque Isle.

The Aroostook Centre Mall:

If you're in the mood for some shopping, head to The Aroostook Centre Mall. You'll find a variety of stores, from clothing to electronics, making it a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs.

Northern Maine Community College:

Check out the Northern Maine Community College campus. The college often hosts events, and the grounds are pleasant for a stroll. If there's a performance or lecture happening, it's a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Presque Isle, Maine, USA

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male ancestorThomas W. BECKWITH (1774, - 16 December 1854, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorPhilo BEAN (1783, - 14 September 1858, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorJames A. THORNCROFT (1788, - 23 March 1876, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorJames DAWSON (1795, - 5 April 1875, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorMoses MCCUBREY (1798, - 28 July 1880, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorJohn KNIGHT (1798, - 3 March 1870, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorStephen DAY (1801, - 17 April 1853, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorThomas KENNEDY (1805, - 10 June 1875, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))
male ancestorWilliam G. GREENLAW (1807, - 16 January 1860, Presque Isle, Maine, USA (Maysville))

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