(Millinocket’s Downtown Area) by Beth Cyr

When Millinocket was first built, the main street was a dirt road with a few stores. As time went by, more and more stores opened up, more streets were added for our growing population, and Millinocket grew.

This section welcomes your memories. Maybe there were some interesting things that your grandparents or other family members told you about the past that would be of interest. Especially, to those of us who would like to know what used to be in Millinocket and how the town was first layed out.  What was the first street?  Who built the first home in Millinocket?

I’m a firm believer that anyone who is living or has lived here, or has family here, knows a little something……maybe many know what you know….maybe they don’t. You might know something that nobody else knows, or maybe you have a little more information that we didn’t have which takes it to a newer level! What a concept!! So, don’t think that what you might know, even if it’s a small thing, isn’t important. Sometimes it’s the small details that really add to the story.

We are hoping you will help us find a way to bring back those memories, and what better way than to start with the first stores that came to Millinocket and where they were located. If anyone knows who owned these stores, it gets even better! Even if it’s memories that weren’t so long ago, we do not discriminate any memories, we welcome them all.

So, to get started…

Does anyone remember Monahan’s? Was that one of the first stores, or did that come later on?
What about the Millinocket Theater, Theater Grill and the old Opera House? Any information would be wonderful. Remember who owned and operated them?

Does anyone know the name and location of the first store built and who owned it?

Did we have any famous people around then?  Any interesting stories about the stores or their owners/family?

Who can resist strolling down “memory lane” without smiling over remembered experiences and people from our past? I’m hoping this site will be extremely informative to people who have moved here who want to know about Millinocket’s past, and it could also be a kind of blueprint for those future historians to go by when discussing what “used to be” in this area, generations from now.

You’ll be surprised how many things come back to you as you start to think about the past and what was here before, things you probably haven’t thought about in years.

Now…does anyone remember the name of the grocery store that was on the corner of Penobscot Ave? There was a drug store across the street that you could sit at a counter and have lunch, or get ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, etc. Anyone remember the name of it?

I know somebody out there knows the answers to many of these questions. We’re hoping you will all participate in recalling main street, back when, and share your memories with us. To that end, we are supplying an email address for you to respond to.

Please write us and send your memories of Millinocket to the Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462


Did you know that there were two ships named after Mount Katahdin?

USS Katahdin (1861)

The first USS Katahdin of the United States Navy was a screw gunboat of the American Civil War.
The “90-day gunboat” was launched by Larrabee & Allen of Bath, Maine,  October 12, 1861, and commissioned at Boston Navy Yard  February 17, 1862, Lieutenant George Henry Preble in command.

After the Confederate collapse in April 1865, the veteran gunboat returned north and decommissioned July 14, 1865. Katahdin was sold at New York  November 30th.

Second USS Katahdin (1893)
USS Katahdin, an ironclad harbor-defense ram of innovative design, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Katahdin, a mountain peak in Maine. Her keel was laid down by the Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. She was launched on  February 4, 1893 sponsored Miss Una Soley, daughter of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on  February 20,  1897 with Commander Richard P. Leary in command.
Katahdin’s design was a new departure in naval architecture, built to ride extremely low in the water with her bow awash while under way. Her hull embodied several new features later used in early submarines.
She was recommissioned there  March 10, 1898. She was attached to the North Atlantic Squadron and operated along the Atlantic Coast from New England to Norfolk protecting the Nation’s seaboard cities from possible attack. After decisive American naval victories at Manila Bay and Santiago Harbor eliminated this threat, the ram decommissioned for the last time at Philadelphia Navy Yard  October 8th. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on July 9, 1909 and designated “Ballistic Experimental Target ‘A'”. Katahdin was sunk by gunfire at Rappahannock Spit, Virginia, that September.

If you found the above article interesting, or know more about it, please let us know by mailing us at the address below.

We are looking for trivia about the Katahdin area and/or knowledge of places or things named after the region, (like the ship in the article above). We would like to hear from anyone that has knowledge of anything associated with this region and it’s names. It could be something that either travels or is located somewhere else, but named for or after something here. In other words, we would love to hear about any trivia you might know about and think would be of interest to those of us who are forever… in pursuit of trivia.

The more people that participate, the more we all learn about the community and the region we live in.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Please write us and send your “trivia” questions and answers to the Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462.

We are hoping to feature different objects from our museum on a monthly basis.  Some of them might hit a “Memory button” with a few of you, and some of you might get a great laugh from the fond memories they bring.