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Strong, Maine, USA - Saw Mill

Strong is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. Strong is home to the annual Sandy River Festival.

Strong was called "Toothpick Capital of the World" due to the productivity of the Strong Wood Products Incorporated plant, which once manufactured 20 million toothpicks per day. wikipedia

Strong is situated in the western part of Maine, in Franklin County. It is surrounded by scenic landscapes and is known for its natural beauty.
The population of Strong is relatively small, typical of many rural towns in Maine. Strong has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s when it was first settled by European colonists. Like many towns in Maine, Strong's early economy was based on agriculture, timber, and manufacturing. Historically, Strong's economy relied on industries such as logging, farming, and woolen mills. However, like many rural areas, the economy has shifted over time, and the town might now have a mix of small businesses, services, and tourism-related activities.



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Sweatland Flat, Strong, Maine, about 1870
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Sweatland Flat, Strong, Maine, about 1870
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1784 - (Strong, Maine) was first settled in 1784 by William Read from Nobleboro.

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Readstown was incorporated on January 31, 1801 and named for Caleb Strong, governor of Massachusetts.

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1839 - Strong
Strong, Maine
Franklin county. This excellent township lies on both sides of Sandy river, 45 miles N.W. from Augusta, and bounded south by Farmington. Population, in 1837, 1,091. There is a large body of intervale land on the Sandy, very fertile and productive. Strong contains a pleasant and flourishing village, some mills on the stream, and several very beautiful ponds. In Porter's pond, about two miles long, a salmon trout was taken which weighed twenty seven and a half pounds.

Strong was incorporated and named in honor of Caleb Strong, LL.D., formerly a Senator to Congress, from Massachusetts, and Governor of that state 9 years. He died at Northampton, Mass., his native town, Nov. 7, 1819, aged 74 years.

The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
The Maine Republican Party was founded in Strong, Maine on August 7, 1854.

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By 1859, when the population of Strong, Maine was 1,008, it had sawmills, a gristmill, a fulling mill, a carding machine, a starch factory and a tannery.

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By 1886, Strong, Maine industries included a boot and shoe factory, machine shops, a cheese factory, a clothespin manufacturer, a maker of cane seat chair bottoms, and an excelsior factory.

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1886 - Strong
Strong is situated near the centre of the settled portion of Franklin County. It is bounded on the east by New Vineyard, south by Farmington, west by Temple and Avon, and north by Freeman. The dimensions of the territory are 7 miles from north to south and 5 from east to west in the northern half and three in the southern. Sandy River enters the town near the middle from the west, soon taking an almost right-angled turn southward through a valley in the range of mountains running from Weld through Avon, Strong and New Vineyard. The rocks are slate, granite, and mica-schist. The soil along the river is sandy loam, and clayey loam on the uplands, and is strong and fertile. The principal crops are hay, wheat, corn, oats and potatoes. Porter and Bates ponds are the principal sheets of water, the first being one and a half miles in length by three-fourths of a mile in width. The town is very hilly; Day’s Mountains, standing partly in Avon, being the highest elevation.

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1906
Strong, a post-village of Franklin co., Me., in Strong township (town), on the Sandy River, about 45 miles NNW. of Augustua, on the Franklin and Megantic and the Sandy River Rs. Pop. of the town in 1900, 637.
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
2023 - Here are some places to go and things to do in Strong, Maine:
Saddleback Mountain: If you're a fan of outdoor activities, Saddleback Mountain is a must-visit. It's a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and in the warmer months, it offers hiking trails with stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes region.

Rangeley Lake State Park: Located just a short drive from Strong, Rangeley Lake State Park is a picturesque destination for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. The park encompasses a large portion of Rangeley Lake and offers a beautiful sandy beach.

Strong Historical Society: Dive into the town's history by visiting the Strong Historical Society. Here, you can explore exhibits and artifacts that showcase the rich heritage of the area, including its logging and farming past.

Outdoor Exploration: Strong is surrounded by scenic wilderness. Whether you enjoy hiking, birdwatching, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, you'll find plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. Check out local trails and paths like the... Read MORE...

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