Who is The Northern Most Resident Of The State Of Maine?
Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds looking at a map of the United States can tell you that Maine is one of the northern most states in the country. We are, however, far from being THE most northern state. Alaska crushes us in that department.
Even though Maine as a whole is considered quite remote, the crown of Maine offers a whole 'nother level of remote! Much of Aroostook County (AKA The County) is a vast, sparsely populated wilderness that is dotted by very small towns. Along Route 1, these towns are connect by decent roads, but in the remote areas the connection is via old logging roads.
It is in one of these very small Aroostook County towns where we find the northern most resident of the State of Maine.
According to an article in the KJ, the person living farthest north in the State of Maine is a 67 year old veteran named Steve Stahlman.
He is the sole resident of a very small village named Estcourt Station. The town, which is named by a nearby Canadian railway depot, is in the upper left hand corner (also known as the northwest corner) of the state. His home is so close to the Canadian border that the road leading to his house jumps back and forth across the border several times before he reaches his house.
A century ago, when logging was a major industry in Northern Maine, there were about 100 residents of the town. By the 1960s, there were fifty residents. Now Stahlman is the only full time resident of the town.
Unlike most of the stories we hear about the lone resident of a town, where the person grew up in the town and refused to leave when everyone else did, Stahlman has only lived in Estcourt Station for a few years. After his father died in 2015, he decided he wanted to relocate to somewhere cooler (he had been living in Alabama). As a youth, he had spent time in New Hampshire and decided that Maine was close enough.
Based on the KJ article, he seems to love living in his own remote piece of Maine. However, since 2020, he has been dealing with a bit of a problem. Until the pandemic hit, he had been getting mail twice a week. As a cost cutting measure, the USPS made the decision during the pandemic to discontinue mail service to his town. They have, however, offered him a free post office box in a nearby town. Unfortunately, that town is a 38 mile drive down logging roads, or a 60 mile drive on paved roads (if he cuts through Canada). Currently, he is petition his politicians in order to try to get the postal service to resume mail service in Estcourt Station.