Pownal, Maine

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Pownal is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,491 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pownal is home to Bradbury Mountain State Park.



Originally the northwest portion of Freeport, it was first settled in 1680. The town was set off and incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court on March 3, 1808, named in honor of former Governor Thomas Pownall, who had died three years before. [1] It swapped land with the town of North Yarmouth in 1813 and 1816. [2] With an undulating surface of generally productive soil, agriculture became the principal occupation. By 1859, when the population was 1,074, other industries included a gristmill and a carriage factory. [3]

Pownal was chosen by author Stephen King as the hometown of schoolteacher Johnny Smith, protagonist of the 1979 novel The Dead Zone. King grew up in neighboring Durham.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.0 mi² (59.4 km²). 22.9 mi² (59.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 mi² (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.09% water. Pownal is drained by the eastern branches of the Royal River.

The town is crossed by state routes 9 and 231.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,491 people, 560 households, and 437 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.0 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 567 housing units at an average density of 24.7/sq mi (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.47% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

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