Lubec, Maine

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Lubec is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,652 at the 2000 census. Lubec is the easternmost town in the contiguous United States (see Extreme points of the United States). However, the Aleutian Islands in Alaska extend into the eastern hemisphere, and if territories (Insular areas) are included, Point Udall in the U.S. Virgin Islands extends farther east.

The town is home to Quoddy Head State Park.

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History

Located on a peninsula overlooking an excellent ice-free harbor, the town was first settled about 1775. Originally part of Eastport, it was set off and incorporated on June 21, 1811 and named for Lübeck, Germany.[1] Following the War of 1812, Lubec was site of considerable smuggling trade in gypsum, although principal industries remained agriculture and fisheries. By 1859, there was a tannery, three gristmills and nine sawmills; by 1886, there were also two shipyards, three boatbuilders and three sailmakers. [2]

From 1896 to 1898 the town was the site of a swindle in the sale of stock in the Electolytic Marine Salts Company, the brainchild of Reverend Prescott Jernegan, who had purportedly developed a method of using "accumulators" to get gold from sea water.[3][1]

Jacqueline and Robert Norton, two retirees from Lubec, were passengers on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 which was crashed into the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Robert Norton, 85, was the oldest person to die that day directly as a result of the attacks.[4]

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