History of Millinocket, Maine, USA


Millinocket Cemetery - All Sections C, H, I, J, K and all Sections P

Millinocket is the name of a lake and a stream whose waters empty into the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The word Millinocket means "Dotted with many islands" and is a description for the lake, named Millinocket. The town Millinocket was set off from Indian Township No. 3 on Mar 16, 1901. Millinocket borders Baxter State Park on the north where the most prominent point is Mt. Katahdin

The first white man to live in the region was of township No. 3 was Thomas Fowler. His daughter Adeline was the first white child on May 11, 1834. In 1830 Fowler built a log cabin on the West side of the "West Branch" of the Penobscot River at the head of Shad Pond. Thomas and wife Betsey and 8 children had 8 children who settled in the area. They cleared and inhabited the area. The wood were full of moose, caribou, deer, bear and other fur bearing animals. The streams were full of water fowl, trout and salmon.

On the 1837 Maine State Special Census had Thomas Fowler, Issac Webber, Jesse Martin, and Asher Martin in Upper East Indian Township No. 2.

In 1846 Henry David Thoreau made his first journey to the area and visited Thomas Fowler. Thoreau desribed the area in his diary and in his book "The Maine Woods". Thoreau also visited the McCauslin homstead listed in the 1837 census.

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