If you're looking for a unique Maine adventure that really dives deep into Maine history, you may want to consider visiting Flagstaff.

According to Wikipedia, the ghost town of Flagstaff is located about 20 miles North of Rangely.  But, if you are planning a visit, you'll want to bring your SCUBA gear...  The town is dozens of feet of water!

The first settlement in the area was constructed during the Revolutionary War, when Benedict Arnold camped there during his expedition to Quebec.  While they were camped at the site, Arnold's men put up a flagstaff (so they could fly a flag).  That fairly normal featured led to the name of the town.

The town was active in the logging industry through the 1940s, but was dismantled (and dis-incorporated) in the 1950s when the Dead River hydroelectric dam was constructed.  The town's citizens were forced to sell their houses and businesses to the power company, pack up, and move.  The dam's construction caused Flagstaff Lake to enlarge, submerging Flagstaff (and several nearby towns)

In some cases, parts of the submerged towns are still around.  Prior to the flooding, many of the buildings were dismantled and moved.  Sometimes, the entire buildings were moved.  Additionally, the graves from local cemeteries were transplanted to locations outside the flood zone.

Several years ago, News Center Maine did a great piece on the town.  They even went to interview people who used to live in Flagstaff.  Check it out:

Have you signed up for our email newsletter?  You'll get breaking local news, information about contests and more sent right to your phone.

6 Maine Ghost Towns You Never Knew Existed

Considering the area that we now call the State of Maine has been inhabited for thousands of years (first by the Native Americans and later by European settlers) it shouldn't come as any surprise that we have a few "ghost towns" in our state. Here are six ghost towns listed by Hotels.com

9 Changes Likely To Stick Around Maine Post Pandemic

Some of the things we've learned during the pandemic are likely to stick around years after the hospitals are empty and we've had our last CDC briefing. This list was inspired by a similar list done by the Bangor Daily News.