History of Milton, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine

By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Boston 1886

Milton Plantation lies with its northern line about ono mile south of the Androscoggin, midway between the eastern and western limits of Oxford County. Rumford bounds it on the north, Franklin Plantation on the east, Woodstock on the south, and Bethel on the west. The dimensions are about five and a half miles east and west by two and two-third miles north and south. The surface is broken and mountainous in the north-eastern and south-western parts, but more level, with some intervals along the courses of the streams in other portions. The principal streams are Concord River, with Peterson Stream and its other branches. In the north-eastern part are Glines and Peaked mountains, with Mount Zircon at the extreme angle, and Mount Hemingway just across the northern border. In the south. west, Bryant Mountain is the chief eminence. On the western slope of Mount Zircon is the noted Mount Zircon Mineral Spring.

The centres of business are on Concord River, at the centre of the township where there are a saw-mill for long and short lumber, a shingle-mill, a boot and shoe shop and a schoolhouse; and on Peterson Stream, at the western side of the township, where there are a steam saw-mill, a carriage-shop, a post-ofilce and hotel. There is also a tub and pail handle factory in the plantation. The Oxford Mining Company is located here. The nearest railroad station is that of the Grand Trunk Railroad at Locke’s Mills. The nearest railroad connection is at Bryant’s Pond, by the stage-line from that place to Rumford.

This plantation was organized in 1842. The Free Baptists have an organization here, and stated meetings. There are two public schoolhouses; and the school property is valued at $600. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $41,272. In 1880 it was $40,966. The population in 1870 was 258. In 1880 it was 270.

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