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1890 Communities Near Ayer ...

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

If it applies, we indicate whether a community no longer exists and is now historic.<1>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ayer had a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Ayer had a population of 8,211 people.

  • Bolton [Worcester County]
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    • Bolton [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Ayer
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 125 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,476 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bolton had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Boxborough [Middlesex County]
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    • Boxborough [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Ayer
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,752 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Boxborough had railroad service and no post office
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  • East Groton [Middlesex County]
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    • East Groton [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Ayer
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Groton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Groton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • East Littleton [Middlesex County]
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    • East Littleton [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Littleton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • East Pepperell [Middlesex County]
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    • East Pepperell [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the north of Ayer
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,500 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, East Pepperell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Pepperell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Forge Village [Middlesex County]
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    • Forge Village [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Forge Village had a post office and railroad service
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  • Gates Crossing [Worcester County]
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    • Gates Crossing [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Ayer
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gates Crossing had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gates Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Graniteville [Middlesex County]
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    • Graniteville [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Graniteville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graniteville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Groton [Middlesex County]
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      • Groton [Middlesex County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,974 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,256 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Groton had a post office and railroad service
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    • Harvard [Worcester County]
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      • Harvard [Worcester County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Ayer
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,618 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Harvard had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Harvard Station [Worcester County]
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      • Harvard Station [Worcester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Harvard Station had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvard Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Lancaster [Worcester County]
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      • Lancaster [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,075 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,857 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lancaster had a post office and railroad service
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    • Leominster [Worcester County]
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      • Leominster [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 7,269 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,548 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Leominster had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Littleton [Middlesex County]
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      • Littleton [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 225 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,253 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Littleton had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Littleton Common [Middlesex County]
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      • Littleton Common [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 800 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Littleton Common had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Lunenburg [Worcester County]
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      • Lunenburg [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 325 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,810 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lunenburg had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Lunenburg Station [Worcester County]
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      • Lunenburg Station [Worcester County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lunenburg Station had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lunenburg Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • North Leominster [Worcester County]
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      • North Leominster [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, North Leominster had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Leominster have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • North Village [Worcester County]
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      • North Village [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, North Village had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Pepperell [Middlesex County]
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      • Pepperell [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the north of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,500 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,043 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pepperell had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Shirley [Middlesex County]
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      • Shirley [Middlesex County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 80 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,554 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Shirley had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Still River [Worcester County]
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      • Still River [Worcester County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Still River had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Still River have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Townsend Harbor [Middlesex County]
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      • Townsend Harbor [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Townsend Harbor had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Townsend Harbor have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • West Acton [Middlesex County]
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      • West Acton [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 650 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, West Acton had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Acton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • West Groton [Middlesex County]
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      • West Groton [Middlesex County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Ayer
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 280 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, West Groton had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Groton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Groton
    • West Leominster [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Leominster
      • West Leominster [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, West Leominster had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Leominster have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Leominster
    • Westford [Middlesex County]
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      • Westford [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,276 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Westford had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Westford Station [Middlesex County]
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      • Westford Station [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the east of Ayer
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Westford Station had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westford Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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The official website for Ayer: www.ayer.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ayer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ayer) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ayer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AyerOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ayer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5612, Longitude: -71.5898       In this case, the coordinates for Ayer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 


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