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Old Town, Maine, USA

Old Town, Penobscot, ME

Old Town is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on March 16, 1840 from a portion of Orono. After annexing land from Argyle, Argyle Plantation, and Alton, it was incorporated as a city in 1891.

The "Old Town" reference is to the ancient use of the area by the earliest natives, the "red paint people."

Since 1669, the area has been the principal home of the Penobscot Indians. At that time it was known as Pannawambskek, "where the ledges spread out" according to Eckstorm.

The French established missions there in the 1680’s, but the English speaking settlers did not arrive from almost a hundred years later, in 1774. In 1798, Richard Winslow built a dam to support a double sawmill on Old Town Falls, marking the beginning of mills and lumbering that would grow substantially in the area throughout the 19th century.

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  • 1854 - Old Town
    Old Town, a thriving post-village of Penobscot county, Maine, on the right bank of the Penobscot river, at the northern terminus of the Bangor and...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Clock Accident
    A few days ago, while the clock on the St. James Episcopal Church, in Old-town, Me., was being wound up, the chain attached to one of the wights...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Social Party
    At a social party in the Town Hall of Oldtown, Me., a few nights ago, a young lady, who wished to get a better view of the dancers, attempted to lift ...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Oldtown
    Oldtown, in Penobscot County, lies on the west side of Penobscot River, 12 miles north of Bangor. The towns which bound it are Alton and Argyle on...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Old Town
    Old Town, a post-village of Penobscot co, Me. in Old Town township, near the W. bank of the Penobscot River, and on the European & North American...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - TRAIN WRECKED IN MAINE.
    OLD TOWN, Me., Jan. 29. - The St. John Train No. 29, or what is called down here the Provincial Express, was wrecked in the cut at Orono Basin Mills...Read MORE...


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  • 1906
    Oldtown, a banking post-village of Penobscot co., Me., near the W. bank of the Penobscot River and on the Maine Central and the Bangor and Aroostook...Read MORE...


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  • 1854 - Old Town
    Old Town, a thriving post-village of Penobscot county, Maine, on the right bank of the Penobscot river, at the northern terminus of the Bangor and... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Clock Accident
    A few days ago, while the clock on the St. James Episcopal Church, in Old-town, Me., was being wound up, the chain attached to one of the wights... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Social Party
    At a social party in the Town Hall of Oldtown, Me., a few nights ago, a young lady, who wished to get a better view of the dancers, attempted to lift ... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Oldtown
    Oldtown, in Penobscot County, lies on the west side of Penobscot River, 12 miles north of Bangor. The towns which bound it are Alton and Argyle on... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Old Town
    Old Town, a post-village of Penobscot co, Me. in Old Town township, near the W. bank of the Penobscot River, and on the European & North American... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - TRAIN WRECKED IN MAINE.
    OLD TOWN, Me., Jan. 29. - The St. John Train No. 29, or what is called down here the Provincial Express, was wrecked in the cut at Orono Basin Mills... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Oldtown, a banking post-village of Penobscot co., Me., near the W. bank of the Penobscot River and on the Maine Central and the Bangor and Aroostook... Read MORE...

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