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Encyclopedia > Skowhegan, Maine

Skowhegan is a town in Somerset County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 8,824. It includes Skowhegan Village and the resort of Lakewood, home of the Lakewood Theater. Skowhegan hosts the annual Skowhegan State Fair, the oldest continuous State Fair in the United States, every August. The Skowhegan School of Art is an internationally known residency program for visual artists, though it is technically located in neighboring East Madison. Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Official language(s) None (English de facto; French is also an administrative language) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A state fair is a competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. states population. ... The Skowhegan School of Art is a nine week summer artists residency located in Skowhegan, Maine and founded there in 1947. ...

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History

Water Street in c. 1908

The Skowhegan Falls, which have been replaced by the Weston Dam, descended 28 feet over a half mile on the Kennebec River. The falls were a popular destination for Abenaki Indians. From spring until fall, the tribe fished here, where abundant salmon and other species could be caught by wading. Consequently, they named the area "Skowhegan" (which they pronounced "Skoohegan"), meaning a "waiting place" or "place to watch." Colonel Benedict Arnold and his troops passed through Skowhegan in 1775 on their way up the Kennebec River to Quebec. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The course of the Kennebec River The Kennebec River is a river, 150 mi (240 km) long, in the state of Maine in the northeastern United States. ... The Abenaki (also Wabanuok or Wabanaki) are a tribe of Native Americans/First Nations belonging to the Algonquian peoples of northeastern North America. ... Illustration of a male Coho Salmon The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... Benedict Arnold Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 – June 14, 1801) was a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. ... ... This article describes the Canadian province. ...


Settled in 1773, the area was originally part of Canaan. It would separate from that town in 1823 under the name "Millburn." But inhabitants preferred the old name of "Skowhegan," which it would be renamed in 1836. In 1861, Bloomfield, across the Kennebec River, would be annexed. The Skowhegan Falls provided water power in the 19th century, and the town developed into a prosperous mill town. Shoes and wood products were among numerous items manufactured here. 1773 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Canaan is a town located in Somerset County, Maine. ... 1823 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1861 (MDCCCLXI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the Julian calendar) // January 1 - Benito Juárez captures Mexico City January 2 - Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia dies and is succeeded by... Hydropower (or waterpower) harnesses the energy of moving or falling water. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Amoskeag Canal, 1948, by Charles Sheeler A mill town is a community that grew up around one or more mills or factories, usually on a river that was used as a source of power in the days before electricity. ...


In 2005, Skowhegan was a major filming location for an HBO movie based on the 2001 book, Empire Falls, by Richard Russo. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... Empire Falls is a two-part mini-series that aired on HBO in 2005. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Empire Falls is a 2001 novel written by Richard Russo set in a fictional small town in Maine. ... Richard Russo (born July 15, 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. ...


Notable Inhabitants:

Historical Sites & Museums and Other Points of Interest: Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897–May 29, 1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history. ...

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 156.9 km² (60.6 mi²). 152.8 km² (59.0 mi²) of it is land and 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²) of it (2.64%) is water. Skowhegan is drained by the Wesserunsett Stream and Kennebec River. Bigelow Hill, elevation about 500 feet, is the highest point in town. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

This article describes the town of Skowhegan as a whole. Additional demographic detail is available which describes only the central settlement or village within the town, although that detail is included in the aggregate values reported here. See: Skowhegan (CDP), Maine. Skowhegan is a census-designated place located in Somerset County, Maine. ...

North Channel Falls in 1908

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,824 people, 3,716 households, and 2,363 families residing in the town. The population density was 57.8/km² (149.6/mi²). There were 4,165 housing units at an average density of 27.3/km² (70.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.56% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,716 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...

First Baptist Church in c. 1910

In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


The median income for a household in the town was $28,390, and the median income for a family was $35,880. Males had a median income of $27,982 versus $21,011 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,543. About 13.0% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable people

One of the five founders of Sigma Kappa sorority. ... Abner Coburn (March 22, 1803-January 4, 1885), was the Governor of Maine from 1863 to 1864 and a prominent individual in Skowhegan, Maine until his death. ... Stephen Coburn (1817 - July 4, 1882) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Maine. ... Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897–May 29, 1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history. ...

External links

State of Maine
Augusta (capital)
Topics

Culture | Geography | Government | History | Images Image File history File links Flag_of_Maine. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties Libertarian Party State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) None (English de facto; French is also an administrative language) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: www. ... Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, site of first U.S. capital. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Regions

Down East | Highlands | Mid Coast | North Woods | Penobscot Bay | Southern Coast | Western Mountains This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... Down East is a New England geographical term that is applied in at least a couple of different ways. ... The Maine Highlands is a centrally located region that constitutes a large portion of the state of Maine. ... The Mid Coast is a region of Maine that includes the many small coastal towns of Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and the northern coastal portion of Cumberland Counties. ... The Maine North Woods is the northern geographic area of the state of Maine. ... Penobscot Bay originates from the mouth of Maines Penobscot River. ... The Southern Maine Coast is a region of the U.S. state of Maine. ... The Western Maine Mountains region spans along most of the Maines western border with New Hampshire. ...

Counties

Androscoggin | Aroostook | Cumberland | Franklin | Hancock | Kennebec | Knox | Lincoln | Oxford | Penobscot | Piscataquis | Sagadahoc | Somerset | Waldo | Washington | York List of Maine counties: Maine counties Androscoggin County: formed in 1854 from parts of Cumberland County, Kennebec County, Lincoln County, and Oxford County. ... Androscoggin County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Aroostook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Cumberland County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Hancock County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Kennebec County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Knox County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Location in the state of Maine Formed 1805 Seat South Paris Area  - Total  - Water 5,634 km² (2,175 mi²) 252 km² (97 mi²) 4. ... Penobscot County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Piscataquis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Sagadahoc County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Waldo County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... York County is a county located in the state of Maine. ...

Cities

Auburn | Augusta | Bangor | Bath | Belfast | Biddeford | Brewer | Calais | Caribou | Eastport | Ellsworth | Gardiner | Hallowell | Lewiston | Old Town | Portland | Presque Isle | Rockland | Saco | South Portland | Waterville | Westbrook List of cities in Maine, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Location in Androscoggin County, Maine Coordinates: Counties Androscoggin County Area    - City {{{area_total}}} km²  - Land 59. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: www. ... This article is about the Maine, USA city of Bangor. ... View uphill towards City Hall in Bath Bath is a city located in Sagadahoc County, Maine. ... Seal of Belfast, ME Belfast is a city located in Waldo County, Maine. ... City Hall in 2005 Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. ... Brewer is a city located in Penobscot County, Maine. ... Calais is a city in the state of Maine in the United States on the St. ... Trucks outside a starch factory in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940 Location of city of Caribou in state of Maine Caribou is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. ... Eastport is a city in Washington County, Maine, United States. ... Ellsworth is a city located in Hancock County, Maine, United States. ... Gardiner is a city located in Kennebec County, Maine. ... Hallowell is a city located in Kennebec County, Maine. ... Main Street, also U.S. Route 202 in downtown Lewiston Coordinates: Counties Androscoggin County Area    - City 35. ... Main Street in Old Town Old Town is a city located in Penobscot County, Maine. ... Nickname: The Forest City Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, Jr Area    - City 136. ... Presque Isle is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. ... Welcome to Rockland Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. ... Location of city of Saco in Maine Saco is a city in York County, Maine, United States. ... South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ... Waterville is a city in Kennebec County, Maine on the Kennebec River. ... Location of city of Westbrook in map of Maine Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ...

Largest towns

Brunswick | Cape Elizabeth | Falmouth | Gorham | Kennebunk | Kittery | Lisbon | Orono | Sanford | Scarborough | Skowhegan | Standish | Topsham | Wells | Windham | Winslow | York Main article: New England town. ... Brunswick is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Cape Elizabeth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the states most affluent municipality (per household median income) based on Census 2000 data. ... Falmouth is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Gorham is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. ... Seal of Kennebunk, ME Kennebunk is a town in York County, Maine, United States. ... Location of town of Kittery in state of Maine Kittery is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Lisbon is a town located in Androscoggin County, Maine. ... Orono is a town located in Penobscot County, Maine. ... Sanford is a census-designated place located in York County, Maine. ... Scarborough is a town in Cumberland County on the southern coast of Maine. ... Standish is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Topsham is a town located in Sagadahoc County, Maine. ... Wells is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Windham is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... The Winslow Congregational Church on Lithgow Street Winslow is a small residential community built along the banks of Maines Kennebec River. ... York is a town located in York County, Maine, United States at the southwest corner of the state. ...

Coordinates: 44°40′N 69°43′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Historical Sketch of Skowhegan, Maine (924 words)
Sheltered by lovely hills, with fine water privileges, a fertile soil and salubrious climate, this beautiful town near the center of Maine is one of those delightful spots which sometimes surprise, an experienced traveler with glimpses of charms he has never seen before, and remain one of the most treasured of memory’s bright pictures.
The business of Skowhegan has considerably increased during the present decade, and is undoubtedly destined to undergo great development in the not far distant future.
The drives and walks through the surrounding country are unsurpassed, the hunting in the forests and fishing in river and lake are excellent, and the facilities for quiet, homelike board render the pleasant old town of Skowhegan one of the most satisfactory places to spend a summer vacation in the State.
Skowhegan, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (672 words)
Skowhegan is a town in Somerset County, Maine, in the United States.
The Skowhegan School of Art is an internationally known residency program for visual artists, though it is technically located in neighboring East Madison.
Skowhegan is drained by the Wesserunsett Stream and Kennebec River.
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