West Paris, Maine

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West Paris is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,722 at the 2000 census.

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History

It began as part of Paris, granted by the Massachusetts General Court in 1771 to Captain Joshua Fuller and his company of 64 soldiers as payment for their service to the colony. First settled in 1779, the land was considered superior for pasturage and hay crops, and orchards were large and productive. [1] Mills were built along the Little Androscoggin River. The Paris Manufacturing Company, which was started modestly by Henry Franklin Morton in 1861 at West Sumner, grew into an important manufacturer. Near the Grand Trunk Railway depot in West Paris, it built a factory to make products including sleds, skis, wagons, step ladders, wheelbarrows, ironing boards, children's rolltop desks and other furniture. [2]

In September 1957, West Paris was set off and incorporated as a town. [3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.2 km²), of which 24.2 square miles (62.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.66% water. West Paris is drained by the Little Androscoggin River.

The town is crossed by state routes 26 and 219.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,722 people, 646 households, and 461 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.0 people per square mile (27.4/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 29.7/sq mi (11.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.78% White, 0.12% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.2% were of English, 13.7% American, 12.3% Irish, 6.5% Finnish, 6.0% French and 5.3% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

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