Franklin County in Maine is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and most of its 30,000 inhabitants love it here. Here are some facts about Franklin County Maine that locals love to share with visitors:
- The region was once the home of the Norridgewock tribe of the Abnaki nation of Indians. However, the tribe relocated to Canada before white people established their settlements in the county.
- In 1776, five brave young men from Topsham explored the area with the intention of settling here. Their names were James MacDonnell, Robert Alexander, James Henry, Robert Gower, and Stephen Titconib.
- There’s a lot of open space available here, and there are only about 18.1 people for every square mile of land. Compare that to the national average of 87.4 people per square mile in the whole US. It’s a lot of elbow room for you if you relocate here from NYC, which has an average of 27,000 people per square mile!
- With less than 31,000 people living here according to a 2010 census, it’s the second-least populous county in Maine. Only Piscataquis County has fewer people with a population of less than 18,000 people.
- The county seat of Franklin County is Farmington, and it is considered the earmuff capital of the world. In 1873, a 15-year old lad named Chester Greenwood lived Farmington, and he was an ardent ice-skater. He invented the earmuff at a very young age, catapulting the town to earmuff fame.
- The Maine legislature has proclaimed December 21 as Chester Greenwood Day, and the event is celebrated every year with a parade where participants include earmuffs as part of their floats.
- Another town in Franklin County is named Strong, and at one point it was the toothpick capital of the world. During the early 1940s, the town hosted businesses that made these wooden toothpicks. There was a time that about 95% of all wooden toothpicks made in the US were manufactured in this small town and the surrounding areas.
- One of the more famous tiny towns in Franklin County is Carrabassett Valley, which has a population of 781 as of last count. Hikers and bikers love it here, and you can spend an entire day enjoying the various sights along the Narrow Gauge Pathway. There’s also the 50 miles of trails and 4 eco-lounges managed by the non-profit Maine Huts & Trails. Of course, Sugarloaf here offers some of the best skiing in the entire state.
- Weld only has a population of 419, but it’s gorgeous here as the area is surrounded by mountains and set beside Webb Lake. Here you can find Camp Lawroweld, Camp Kawanhee for Boys, and Mount Blue State Park.
- Mount Blue State Park offers numerous campsites, hinging and fishing grounds, swimming areas, and boating areas. There are also plenty of trails for hiking, ATV riding, and horseback riding.
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