Waldo, Maine

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Waldo is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 733 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area was once part of the Waldo Patent, a large tract of land owned by Brigadier-General Samuel Waldo of Boston. It was first settled in 1811 by Henry Davidson, then organized as Waldo Plantation on July 6, 1821. The town was incorporated by the legislature on March 17, 1845, taking the name of its early proprietor. [1]

A large portion of Waldo was rocky and uneven, unfit for cultivation. Some parts had arable soil, however, producing excellent farms and prosperous farmers. The town became noted for prize-winning cattle. It was also known for its forests, with much of the timber used for Belfast shipbuilding. The Wescott Stream provided water power, and by 1859 Waldo had seven busy sawmills. It also had one gristmill, some shingle machines, and a tannery. [1] In 1870, the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad began operating, its trains passing through the town. [2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.3 km²), of which, 19.4 square miles (50.3 km²) of it is land and 0.05% is water. Waldo is drained by the Passagassawakeag River and Wescott Stream.

The town is served by state routes 7, 131, 137 and 203.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 733 people, 290 households, and 207 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.8 people per square mile (14.6/km²). There were 313 housing units at an average density of 16.1/sq mi (6.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.59% White, 0.55% African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.27% Asian, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

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