Portland Press Herald Features Fort Kent, Maine

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As part of their ongoing monthly series on Maine towns, the Portland Press Herald today features Fort Kent, Maine (the link also contains a slideshow of the town):

ALL ABOUT TOWN

FOUNDED: 1839

SIZE: 55.7 square miles

POPULATION: 4,091 in 2010; 4,268 in 1990; 4,575 in 1970

RACIAL MAKEUP: 95 percent white; 5 percent minorities

MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $66,000

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $29,547 

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: Northern Maine Medical Center, University of Maine at Fort Kent, the local school district, the timber industry

FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Edward Kent, for whom the wooden fort in town is named. He was the 12th and 15th governor of Maine.

ANNUAL EVENTS: Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race (March), the Ploye Festival and International Muskie Derby (August)

WHERE LOCALS GO: Bee-Jay’s Tavern, which has a limited menu; Swamp Buck Restaurant and Lounge; Rock’s Diner; Lonesome Pine Trails in the winter and the 10th Mountain Division Ski Club lodge year-round.

WHAT VISITORS SHOULD SEE: Fort Kent, the 1839 fortress; the 10th Mountain Division Ski Club lodge any time of year; the St. John River during canoeing season; the path that runs along the river.

FAMOUS LANDMARKS: St. Louis Catholic Church, which has a lace iron steeple and is nearly 120 years old; the wooden fortress, Fort Kent, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; the 82-year-old iron bridge spanning the St. John River to Canada; the start of U.S. Route 1, which ends in Key West, Fla.

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