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Welcome to Houlton, Maine: A Prime View of the Total Solar Eclipse

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On April 8th, Houlton, Maine, will proudly stand as the last place in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse, offering a unique viewing experience that spans two nations. This small but vibrant town, nestled on the border with Canada, is not only a gateway to breathtaking natural beauty but also a hub of community and industry. With easy access by air via KHUL airport and by road at the terminus of Interstate 95, Houlton is an inviting destination for visitors and news outlets eager to witness this rare celestial event.

Geographical Information

Situated in the heart of the Southern Aroostook Region, Houlton offers picturesque landscapes and a strategic location for both U.S. and Canadian visitors. Its geographical features make it an ideal spot for eclipse viewing, surrounded by the natural beauty that characterizes Maine.

A Brief History and Demographics of Houlton

Founded in the early 19th century, Houlton has grown from its roots in agriculture and forestry to become a town with a rich cultural and industrial heritage. Today, Houlton is home to approximately 6,000 residents who enjoy a close-knit community atmosphere amidst the town’s historic buildings and beautiful Market Square.

Current Industries

Houlton’s economy is a dynamic mix of traditional and modern industries. Agriculture remains a cornerstone of the local economy, with farms dotting the landscape around the town. In addition to farming, Houlton is proud to host significant manufacturing operations, including facilities operated by Smith & Wesson and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP), which contribute to the town’s economic diversity and employment opportunities.

Eclipse Events in Houlton

As the eclipse approaches, Houlton is alive with anticipation and a variety of events designed to celebrate this momentous occasion:

  • Fireworks Display: A spectacular fireworks show will light up the sky on April 7th at 8pm in Market Square.
  • The Blackfly Brewfest: Sample the best of local and regional brews on April 6th.
  • Comedian Tim Sample: Enjoy an evening of laughter with Maine’s beloved comedian.
  • Concerts and The Bio Bus: Dive into a weekend filled with music and interactive science exhibits.
  • Live NASA Broadcast: Experience the eclipse through NASA’s eyes at the Temple Theatre on April 8th.

For more details and event updates, please visit WHOU’s Eclipse Events Page.

Services and Facilities for News Outlets

WHOU 100.1 FM is at the heart of eclipse preparations, offering broadcasting space in Market Square, home to Market Pizza and the Temple Theatre, the latter of which will serve as NASA’s broadcast headquarters. Media outlets seeking to arrange for parking and other logistics can contact Nancy Ketch at The Town of Houlton at 207-532-7111.

Contact Information

For assistance, updates, or further information, media outlets are encouraged to contact WHOU directly:


Houlton warmly invites you to join us for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th. With a blend of historical charm, vibrant community life, and a diverse economy, Houlton is the perfect backdrop for experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Let’s come together to make the Total Solar Eclipse a truly unforgettable experience.

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