Columbia Falls, Maine

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Columbia Falls is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 599 at the 2000 census.



The town began as Township 13 SD, BPP, which was joined together with Township 12 by the Massachusetts General Court on February 8, 1796 and incorporated as Columbia. It was settled soon after the Revolutionary War. [1] On March 25, 1863, the town was set off from Columbia and incorporated as Columbia Falls. [2]

Lumbering and shipbuilding brought the town prosperity and endowed it with some fine early architecture. This includes the Ruggles House (1818-1820), an exquisite Federal home that is now a museum, and the Union Church (1849), a Greek Revival meeting house which since 1902 has housed the town hall, library and archives. The Washington County Railroad arrived at Columbia Falls in 1898. Tourism and harvesting blueberries are important industries today, together with producing Christmas trees and wreaths. [3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.7 square miles (63.9 km²), of which, 24.5 square miles (63.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.57%) is water. Columbia Falls is drained by the Pleasant River.

The town is crossed by U.S. Route 1 and Maine State Route 187.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 599 people, 251 households, and 168 families residing in the town. The population density was 24.4 people per square mile (9.4/km²). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 12.6/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.83% White, 0.83% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.67% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

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