Despite a few problems, Millinocket is not a bad place to live. The town was formed as a mill town in the late 1800s. Before the mill, there were only a couple of farms here. We have the Penobscot River and Millinocket Stream, and Millinocket is the town that hikers first see after completing their through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. We have Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. It is a beautiful area. Once the largest pulp and paper mill in the world, Great Northern Paper closed its mill in Millinocket, after several changes in ownership, about ten years ago. At its height, it employed a few thousand workers, and was nearly the only employer in town. Under new owners, it briefly reopened a couple of years later, but ran only one machine, employing just over a hundred people. Without the mill, people who are dependent on a weekly paycheck have to commute seventy miles or more, each way, in order to find work. Once the second wealthiest town in Maine, nearly the entire population found themselves unemployed, underemployed, or driving long distances for work. Keep in mind that every other business in town was also dependent upon the mill, in one way or another. There are for sale signs all over town, and several home owners have simply abandoned their houses. A friend of ours recently bought a perfectly livable home for $600 after the town had taken it for non-payment of taxes. Although there are still high-end houses carrying prices of $200,000 or more, it is not at all unusual for houses to sell for $20,000 or less. We bought our house in 2000. The mill had just laid off 700 people, and hadn't hired anyone new since the 1970s, but it hadn't closed yet. At the time, our house was a three-unit apartment building, and the asking price was $36,000. We had $25,000 in cash so that sounded good, considering that we could easily quality for a mortgage by putting $25,000 down. When I called the realtor, she said that the price had been lowered to $25,000. Great, we could pay for it in cash, with no mortgage necessary. We were in Texas though and, although we had just visited Maine, we hadn't looked at that particular house. I paid $500 to an assessor, who took photos of the interior and exterior of the house, including the crawlspace. He said that it was structurally sound, but that it required a lot of aesthetic work. There were holes in the walls, and a couple of the interior doors, etc. When we called the realtor back, she said that the price had been lowered to $15,000. Great, we'll buy it. Then she asked what we had paid the assessor, since she was the one who had let him in. That $500 was deducted from the selling price, and we bought it for $14,500. Except for the snow, and having to drive 70 miles to Bangor in order to find a department store, Millinocket is a pretty nice place to live. Since we have both DSL and cable Internet services, someone (like us) who is earning their living online (or on a retirement income) can do quite well.