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Greetings from the Town of Millinocket:
Welcome to the Town of Millinocket's Web Site. The site is designed to answer many of your questions about our community, to provide you with key contact information, to update you on important events, and to provide links to other organizations in our area.
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Millinocket was incorporated as a town by the Maine Legislature in March of 1901. The Town sprung up rapidly over a period of about two years out of the northern Maine woods due to the construction of the largest paper mill in the world at that time: Great Northern Paper. Hence, the Town's nickname, The Magic City. The mill was built by hundreds of immigrants, mostly of Italian and French Canadian descent. There has always been a very close relationship between the mill and the Town. One of the favorite (true) stories is that during the Great Depression of the 1930s, no one at the mill lost their jobs. Although the workers reduced their hours to keep everyone working, all were able to support their families during that bleak period in American history.
As times and trends in the international markets changed, so too did Great Northern. As its markets eroded and its ownership changed several times in the 1990s and early 2000s, the mill filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Comming out of that period a new company has been formed, known as Katahdin Paper Company.
The Town of Millinocket is also the major entry way into the North Maine Woods, mostly a working forest, as well as to Baxter State Park and Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain and the northern end of the Appalachia range. Thousands visit the area every year to take advantage of the park, the West Branch of the Penobscot River, the many lakes in the region, fishing, hunting, white water rafting, boating, camping, snowmobiling, etc. Millinocket is truly a four seasons resort center.
Visitors will find the people of the area friendly and helpful. New residents will find good and kind neighbors, a rich culture, excellent schools, first-rate public recreational facilities, and safe streets. Our population is just below 5,000.
Millinocket operates under a Town Council/Town Manager form of government. The Town's Charter was adopted in the 1960s and has been updated several times since then. A seven member Council is elected on rotating three year terms with all seats are at large.
Millinocket is a community seeking businesses looking for a committed work force. If you are interested in moving to the area or opening a business here, the Town government in here to assist. The Town of Millinocket offers a number of advantages to new businesses including a privately owned industrial park, a close proximity to Interstate 95, a municipal airport with two runways, one being 4,713 ft, excellent town infrastructure, and more. You can reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 207-723-7000. I look forward to hearing from you.
Millinocket Town Manager