Houlton Maine is the Shiretown or County seat for Aroostook.
Maine's largest of the sixteen counties is Aroostook. And from the days of the first settlers arriving in 1807, lumbering, farming have been two big reasons to live here.
Outdoor beauty of four seasons living with clean water, fresh air and not over population continue the tradition of providing very good reasons to live in or at least visit and vacation in Houlton Maine.
In this border town with Woodstock New Brunswick to the east in the province of New Brunswick Canada, Houlton has connections that stretch deep beyond the International boundary line.
The Maliseet Indians helped the new settlers on both sides of the Maine, Canadian border too. Without them, a lot of lost settlers might never have dug in and prospered. And put Houlton Maine on the map. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820 when the independent state was formed.
Tall timber stands, rich fertile soil, rivers to fuel a town's needs in early Maine town creation. When the wood lots were cut and cleared to create fields all helped the town of Houlton Maine grow.
So did the railroad that extended from Canada over twenty years before the Bangor and Aroostook train tracks were put into place. The B and A railroad helped open up the Houlton Maine exports to the America markets.
So did the Interstate 95 highway system designed to be the Eisenhower route to move military armaments quickly to and fro. With Lend Lease in World War War II when local Houlton Maine potato farmers hooked on with tractors.