Carmel, Maine

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Carmel is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It is located at (44.812045, -68.856812)[1], near the intersection of Penobscot County Road 69 and US State Highway 2 (Penobscot County Road 100). It is part of the Bangor, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,416 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.0 square miles (95.8 km²), of which, 36.5 square miles (94.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (1.24%) is water.


Martin Kinsley of Hampden, Maine bought this township in 1795 and began selling lots. The first settlers were Abel Ruggles and the Rev. Paul Ruggles, who named the place to honor Elijah's experience on Mount Carmel.[2] It was incorporated as a town in 1811.

A 19th century Methodist preacher named George Higgins founded a local faith healing sect here called the "Higginsites", which advocated whipping children in order to 'drive out the Devil'. Higgens was himself eventually tarred, feathered, and driven out of town.[3]

Notable people


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,416 people, 932 households, and 707 families residing in the town. The population density was 66.1 people per square mile (25.5/km²). There were 995 housing units at an average density of 27.2/sq mi (10.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.17% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

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