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Lovell, Maine
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Country United States
State Maine
County Oxford
Incorporated 1800
Area
 • Total 47.89 sq mi (124.03 km2)
 • Land 43.15 sq mi (111.76 km2)
 • Water 4.74 sq mi (12.28 km2)
Elevation
463 ft (141 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,140
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,137
 • Density 26.4/sq mi (10.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04051
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-41365
GNIS feature ID 0582568

Lovell is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,140 at the 2010 census. Lovell is the site of Kezar Lake, a resort area.

History

Main Street, Center Lovell, ME
Main Street in 1907

In 1774, the Massachusetts General Court granted New Suncook Plantation to the officers and soldiers (or their heirs) who fought on May 8, 1725 during Father Rale's War against the Sokokis Abenaki Indians at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). First settled in 1777, the community had 85 inhabitants by 1790. New Suncook Plantation would be incorporated as a town on November 15, 1800, renamed after Captain John Lovewell, the fallen expedition leader.

The Kezar River provided water power for industry. In the 19th century, mills produced spools, long lumber, shooks, axe handles, ox goads, carriages, sleighs, harness, cabinet work and coffins, and boots and shoes. Good soil helped farms prosper. Following the Civil War, the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad connected to Fryeburg, and tourists discovered the beauty of Kezar Lake. Inns and hotels opened, and the town remains a summer resort.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.89 square miles (124.03 km2), of which, 43.15 square miles (111.76 km2) of it is land and 4.74 square miles (12.28 km2) is water. Lovell is drained by the Kezar River, a tributary of the Saco River. Kezar Lake is a significant lake within the town.

Lovell is crossed by State Route 5. It borders the towns of Stoneham to the north, Waterford to the east, Sweden to the southeast, Fryeburg to the southwest, and Stow to the west.

Kezar Lake

Kezar Lake
Pier & Beach at Farrington's, Center Lovell, ME.jpg
Pier and beach at Farrington's Hotel in c. 1920
Location Oxford County, Maine
Coordinates 44°11′N 70°54′W / 44.183°N 70.900°W / 44.183; -70.900
Primary inflows Great Brook
Mill Brook
Primary outflows Kezar Outlet
Basin countries United States
Max. length 7 mi (11 km)
Max. width 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface area 2,665 acres (1,078 ha)
Max. depth 155 feet (47 m)
Water volume 87,835 acre⋅ft (108,343,000 m3)
Surface elevation 377 ft (115 m)

Kezar Lake has good habitat for smallmouth bass, white perch, chain pickerel, rainbow smelt, lake trout, and land-locked Atlantic salmon. There is a public boat launch area at the north end of the lake in North Lovell, and another at the narrows south of Center Lovell.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lovell has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 365
1820 430 17.8%
1830 697 62.1%
1840 941 35.0%
1850 1,193 26.8%
1860 1,339 12.2%
1870 1,018 −24.0%
1880 1,077 5.8%
1890 853 −20.8%
1900 693 −18.8%
1910 668 −3.6%
1920 575 −13.9%
1930 645 12.2%
1940 647 0.3%
1950 640 −1.1%
1960 588 −8.1%
1970 607 3.2%
1980 767 26.4%
1990 888 15.8%
2000 974 9.7%
2010 1,140 17.0%
2014 (est.) 1,134 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,140 people, 477 households, and 339 families living in the town. The population density was 26.4 inhabitants per square mile (10.2/km2). There were 1,227 housing units at an average density of 28.4 per square mile (11.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 477 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the town was 49.8 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.6% were from 25 to 44; 38.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Sites of interest

  • Sucker Brook Preserve

Notable people

  • Abraham D. Andrews, politician and physician
  • Abraham A. Barker, US congressman
  • Marsden Hartley, painter, poet, and essayist
  • Eastman Johnson, artist
  • Moses Kilgore (1817-1890), Wisconsin state legislator, shipbuilder, and businessman
  • Charles H. Kimball, architect
  • Stephen King, writer
  • Marcellus Stearns, 11th governor of Florida (buried in Center Lovell Cemetery)
  • Rudy Vallee, singer
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