History of Smyrna, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Smyrna in Aroostook county lies in the third range
of townships, 11 miles west of Houlton village. Ludlow lies on the east, separating the two towns; Merrill Plantation,
on the west; and Oakfield Plantation on the south. The stage-line from Houlton to Patten passes through the town.
Duck Pond, about one-third of a square mile in area, lies north-west of the centre of the town, and its outlet
is the principal stream. Another small pond lies on the south-western border, partly in New Limerick. The surface
is not broken by high hills, but lies in swells and low ridges. The principal rock is white granite.. The soil
is gravelly loam, and fertile. Potatoes are the chief crop. The forest trees are spruce, hemlock, birch and maple.
There is in the town one saw-mill, capable of cutting 2 M. feet of lumber per day,- 100 M. per year. The settlements
are chiefly in the southern portion of the town. The public and private buildings are generally in good repair,
and the roads are also kept in fair condition. The nearest railroad station is at Houlton.