Latitude: 44.2353

Longitude: -70.505

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Paris, Maine

The selectable maps and aerial photographs further below illustrate facts about Paris, Maine. Paris is a town in and the county seat of Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,183 at the 2010 census. The census-designated place of South Paris is located within the town. Because the U.S. Post Office refers to the entire town as South Paris, the town as a whole is commonly referred to as South Paris. The main exception is the area known as Paris Hill, which is a scenic historic district popular with tourists.


It was granted by Massachusetts on June 11, 1771 to Captain Joshua Fuller of Watertown, Massachusetts and 59 others (or their heirs) for service during the French and Indian Wars. It was the second attempt to repay the soldiers, because their first grant in New Hampshire, made on November 24, 1736 and called Township Number Four, was deemed invalid because of a prior claim by the heirs of John Mason. The land in Maine would retain the name Township Number Four.

It was first settled near the center of the town in 1779 by Lemuel Jackson, John Willis and their families. Organized as Number Four Plantation, it was incorporated as Paris on June 20, 1793. At the establishment of Oxford County in 1805, Paris was designated its county seat and developed into a thriving community. It was noted for scenic beauty and excellent pasturage, including some of the state's best livestock and dairy farms. It also had many large apple orchards. The village of Paris Hill was established at an elevation of above sea level, with views of Mount Chocorua and Mount Washington in the White Mountains. The Paris Hill Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, has fine examples of Federal and Greek Revival architecture. The old Oxford County Jail, built of granite in 1822, was given in 1902 to the Paris Hill Library Association, and is now the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum.

The Little Androscoggin River provided water power for mills at South Paris, to which the town center shifted after the arrival of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad on June 8, 1850. Industries included a gristmill, sawmill, shingle mill, planing mill, iron foundry and machine shop. In the 1890s, the county seat moved here from Paris Hill to be near the train station. Manufacturing would fade with the Great Depression, but South Paris remains the commercial part of the town. West Paris, which includes North Paris, was set off and incorporated in 1957.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and is water. Paris is drained by the Little Androscoggin River. The town is located on a bed of pegmatite in which many semi-precious gems and rare stones can be found, including beryl, garnet, tourmaline, amethyst and smoky quartz.

Paris is crossed by 26, 117, 118 and 119.


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South Paris, Maine (1.7 km)

South Paris is a census-designated place (CDP) located within the town of Paris in Oxford County, Maine, in the United States. The population was 2,237 at the 2000 census. While the CDP refers only to the densely settled area in the southern part of the town of Paris, the entire town is located within the South Paris ZIP code, resulting in many residents referring to the entire town as South Paris. History During the 19th-century, the Little Androscoggin River provided water power to operate mills in South Paris, and the village grew up around them. The opening of the St.

WKTQ (2.46 km)

WKTQ (1450 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve South Paris, Maine. The station is owned by Gleason Radio Group and licensed to Mountain Valley Broadcasting, Inc. Inc. The station is also simulcasts on AM 780 WTME and carries Portland Pirates hockey and Portland Sea Dogs baseball. It airs a News/Talk/Christian format and simulcasts co-owned WEZR when not carrying talk shows. The station was assigned the WKTQ call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on January 15, 1986. The station has also carried the WOXO call letters, simulcasting co-owned WOXO-FM and was top 40 as WXIV.

Norway (CDP), Maine (3.74 km)

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WMDR-FM (6.74 km)

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Oxford Plains Speedway (9.21 km)

Oxford Plains Speedway is a 3/8 mile racetrack in Oxford, Maine, USA. Established in 1950, the track was originally a half mile before being shortened to a 3/8 mile track later on in the track's history. It has been home to various NASCAR Nationwide Series events, including the True Value Oxford 250, Oxford 250 and True Value 250. With 14,000 seats, the speedway has the largest seating capacity of any sporting venue in Maine. The main race held there is the TD Bank 250 which is an American Canadian Tour race.

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