Eustis, Maine

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Eustis is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. The population was 685 at the 2000 census. Eustis, which includes the village of Stratton, is a popular recreation area.

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History

Benedict Arnold and his troops passed through the area on October 19, 1775 on their way up the North Branch of the Dead River to fight in the ill-fated Battle of Quebec.

Eustis was first called Township No. 1 of Range 4, West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase. The original settler was Caleb Stevens from New Hampshire, who brought his wife and nine children. About 1831, the northern half of the township was purchased from the state of Maine by two men, one of whom was Charles L. Eustis of Lewiston. That same year he built a sawmill and gristmill. In 1840, the township was organized as Hanover Plantation, which about 1850 became part of the larger Jackson Plantation. On March 30, 1857, however, the township was set off and organized as Eustis Plantation, named after its early proprietor. Then on February 18, 1871, with a population of 342, it was officially incorporated as a town. [1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.3 square miles (107.1 km²), of which, 39.1 square miles (101.3 km²) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it (5.39%) is water. Eustis is drained by the Dead River.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 685 people, 302 households, and 170 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.5 people per square mile (6.8/km²). There were 747 housing units at an average density of 19.1/sq mi (7.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.47% White, 0.44% African American, 2.04% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 1.90% from two or more races.

There were 302 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.

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