official_name = Frankfort, Maine
settlement_type = Town
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Frankfort (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Waldo
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area_total_km2 = 67.1
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area_total_sq_mi = 25.9
area_land_sq_mi = 24.6
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1041
population_density_km2 = 16.3
population_density_sq_mi = 42.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 64
elevation_ft = 210
latd = 44 |latm = 36 |lats = 44 |latNS = N
longd = 68 |longm = 54 |longs = 42 |longEW = W
Frankfort is the oldest town on the
Penobscot River, first settled in the 1760s by Massachusettssoldiers from nearby Fort Pownall. With the end of the French and Indian War, the Penobscot Valleybecame part of New England, and more specifically Massachusetts, leading to the first cautious encrochments by English-speaking settlers on the lands of the Penobscot Indians. This process, which would begin in Frankfort, would end with the founding of Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town and other inland settlements, and the eventual restriction of the Penobscotpeople to their major village at "Indian Old Town", or the present Penobscot Indian Reservation.
Frankfort originally contained the present-day towns of Frankfort, Winterport, Stockton Springs, and Prospect. Ft. Pownall was thus in Frankfort, and the major village was in what is now Winterport. Frankfort was a logical place for settlement not only because
Verona Islandcommanded the approach up the river, but because the river above the town froze during the winter, making this the last ice-free port as one ascended — hence the name Winterport.
One of the first settlers was
Joshua Treat, the armorer at Ft. Pownall, whose brother became one of the first settlers of Bangor.
A British fleet anchored off Frankfort in 1814 on its way to sack Bangor and Hampden. The British confiscated provisions from the town and took one ship. The town suffered greatly during the
War of 1812as the British blockade destroyed the coasting trade on which it depended.
In the 19th century an important
granite quarrywas opened in Frankfort, and the ship-buildingindustry also flourished. The village of Winterport eventually split off to form its own town, however.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.9 square miles (67.1 km²), of which, 24.6 square miles (63.8 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it (4.94%) is water.
Frankfort's two highest points are Mt. Waldo and Mosquito Mountain. Mt. Waldo was so-named around 1815. Prior to that it had been called "Mt. Misery" because two young local men who had attempted to climb it had been overtaken by a blizzard and killed.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,041 people, 400 households, and 301 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 42.3 people per square mile (16.3/km²). There were 469 housing units at an average density of 19.0/sq mi (7.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 0.10% African American, 1.15% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.
There were 400 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $33,333, and the median income for a family was $35,924. Males had a median income of $29,342 versus $19,375 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $14,524. About 13.6% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.
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