History of Clifton, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Clifton forms the south-eastern corner of Penobscot
County. It is bounded on the north by Bradley, on the west by Eddington and Holden, on the south and east by Otis,
Mariaville and Amherst, towns in Hancock County. Its dimensions are about 7 miles north and. south and 5 east and
west. The surface is very irregular, showing several high hills, of which Peaked Mountain, on the eastern border,
is the most extensive. Others are named Little Peaked, Eagle, Bald, etc. Near the centre of the town lies Parks’
Pond, with Little Owl’s Pond near by. Fitts’ Pond is near the western border, with Snowshoe Pond near on the north.
Hopkins’s Pond lies on the eastern line, Spectacle and Burnt Ponds on the southern, and Nichols’ Pond, the largest,
at the north-western corner. Parks’ Mill Stream and Bradbury Brook are the chief streams. On the first is a saw-mill
for long and short lumber. The outcropping rocks are granitie; the soil, clay loam. Wheat is the largest crop.
The forest trees are chiefly hardwood. The number of maple trees along the roadsides is noticeable and agreeable.