Historic Map - Kingfield, ME - 1895

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View of Kingfield, Franklin County, Maine, 1895, Published by Geo. E. Norris.

Kingfield, Maine, famous as today’s gateway to Sugarloaf Ski Resort, began its history as part of Bingham’s West Kennebec Purchase of 1793, while the region was still part of Massachusetts.  William Bingham was considered the wealthiest man in America at the time he and his friend Major General Henry Knox purchased land in Massachusetts along the Penobscot River and the Kennebec River. The Kennebec tract contained the land between Mt. Abram and present day Kingfield east to and including Wellington, and from the southern border of what is now the town of Bingham to just north of Parlin Pond.

Part of the sales contract required that Bingham and Knox agreed to ensure the at least 2500 settlers on the lands by 1803. Acquiring that many settlers proved more difficult than the partners expected, despite heavy European recruitment and marketing. Following William Bingham’s death in 1804, the trustees managing his estate sold 65,000 acres, which included present day Kingfield, to a group of Maine investors. The sale was necessary to pay the penalty agreed to in the original sales contract to pay $30 for each number short of the required 2500 settlers brought to the land by 1803. William King, who became Maine’s first governor in 1820, was among those investors. The town was given his name in 1816 when the town of Kingfield was incorporated.

Inset illustration on lower right shows the Maple St. Extension & Mt. Bigelow. Population stated on map as 1890: 501; 1895: 1,000.

• Saddle Back.
• Sugar Loaf.
• Black Mountain.
• Mt. Bigelow.
• Franklin & Megantic R. R. Station.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

• Baptist Church.
• Universalist Church.
• Methodist Church.
• Evangelical Church.
• High and Graded Schools.
• Hotel Winter, John Winter, Proprietor.
• Kingfield Savings Bank, H. S. Wing, Treasurer.
• H. S. Wing, Attorney.
• Union Mutual Insurance Co.
• F. J. D. Barnjum, Agent of Jerusalem Township.
• O. W. Simmons, Physician and Surgeon.
• W. W. Moers, Dentist.
• Jenkins & Bogert Mfg. Co., Enameled and Polished Wood Turned Boxes and Novelties.
• Jenkins & Bogert Mfg. Co.’s Saw Mill.
• C. W. French, Long and Short Lumber Mfr., Mouldings, Dowels, Etc.
• Mayo & Wilkins, Worsted Spinning Roll Bosses, Cant Dog Stocks, Carriage Repairs.
• Ellis & Norton, Axe and Cant Dog Mfrs.
• H. P. Lander, Rake Mfr.
• J. E. Voter, Spruce Gum Mfr.
• W. R. Peabody, Blacksmithing.
• A. G. Winter, Wholesale and Retail Groceries, Flour and Grain.
• B. P. Stevens & Co., Groceries.
• G. H. Winter, Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots and Shoes.
• E. E. Jenkins & Co., Clothing, Dry and Fancy Goods, Boots, Shoes, and Gents’ Furnishings.
• M. B. Pottle, Hardware, Stoves and Tinware.
• C. W. Clark, Druggist.
• W. H. Potter, Watchmaker, Jeweler and Photographer.
• F. W. Cross, Shoe Dealer.
• W. E. Cummings, Harness Maker.
• W. B. Small, Meat Market.
• L. L. Durrell, Hair Dressing Rooms.
• F. B. Hutchins, Furniture.
• L. Pulllen, Station Agent, F. & M. R. R.
• S. L. Vose, Stone Mason.
• E. C. Williamson, “Old Mansion Ex-Gov. King, 1821”.
• B. C. Webster Residence.
• C. P. Lander Residence.
• John Winter Residence.
• C. H. Simmons Residence.
• The Stanley Farm.
• Mt. Abraham.


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