Corinna, Maine

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Corinna is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,145 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bangor, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

It was first called T4 R4 NWP, or Township 4, Range 4, North of the Waldo Patent. On June 30, 1804, Dr. John Warren of Boston bought 23,040 acres (93 km2) on speculation from Massachusetts for 2 cents an acre, or $460.80. To encourage settlement, he gave away some land and built a combination gristmill and sawmill. The town would be incorporated on December 11, 1816 as Corinna, named after Dr. Warren's daughter.

The first homes were built of hewn logs. Corinna developed into a farming community, with water powered mills at the outlet of Corundel Lake. After the arrival of the Dexter and Newport Railroad in 1865-1866, the village developed into a small mill town. Industries would include sawmills, planing mills, woolen textile mills, and a door, sash and blind factory. There were also boot and shoemaking shops and an iron foundry. The Eastland Woolen Mill manufactured woolen materials from the 1930s until it closed in 1997, after which the mill building was demolished. The town is now largely a bedroom community of Bangor.

Notable people

Historic building

The Stewart Free Library (1898), a gift to the town by Corinna-born Minneapolis millionaire Levi M. Stewart, was designed by Minneapolis architect William Harrison Grimshaw. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains well-preserved historic interiors as well as a majestic facade with clock-tower. It resembles a mid-western county courthouse more than a typical small-town Maine library.[1]

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