Maine AHGP Information
Waldo County

Belfast, p-t., seaport, port of entry, and capital of Waldo co., Me., 43 e. Augusta, 637 W. It is beautifully situated at the head of Belfast Bay, on the w. side of Penobscot river, 30 miles from the ocean. Incorporated in 1773. A small river passes near the centre of the town, over which is an extensive bridge. It has a spacious and safe harbor, rarely obstructed by ice, and sufficiently deep for vessels of the largest class. It is extensively engaged in foreign and coasting trade, in the fisheries and in ship building. Its principal exports are lumber and fish. Its tonnage in 1840, was 38,218. As the river above it freezes, Belfast forms the principal mart of the winter trade of Penobscot r. It has 42 stores, cap. $110,000; 2 fulling m., 4 tanneries, 2 grist m., 5 saw m., 1 printing office, and 1 weekly newspaper. Cap. in manufac. $32,300. 1 academy, 40 students, 21 schools, 1,217 scholars. Pop. 1810, 1,259; 1820,2,026; 1830,3,077; 1840,4,186. Read More about Maine other States, Counties and towns


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