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John McNamara

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Maine Railroads for Hunting, Fishing, and Canoeing
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:56:05 AM »
Have you ever seen any of the "In the Maine Woods" books? They were published a hundred years ago to publicize the hunting, fishing, and canoeing adventures accessible via the Bangor and Aroostook. Articles included features attractive to women visitors. The advertisements in the back were also fascinating.

A Google search of "Bangor and Aroostook" "In the Maine Woods" produced a lot of hits including some online versions. One of which was https://archive.org/details/inmainewoods01bang

I thought that enthusiasts of Maine 100 years ago and Maine railroads in particular might enjoy reading these books, especially those available on line.

Terry Harper

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Re: Maine Railroads for Hunting, Fishing, and Canoeing
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 09:14:34 PM »
Hello John,

Our library here in Fort Fairfield has a complete bound set. I love thumbing through them

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Re: Maine Railroads for Hunting, Fishing, and Canoeing
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014, 10:02:24 PM »
Hi Terry,

Some years ago, a friend lent me the 1908 issue, and I found it fascinating. The discussion here about interpreting the WW&F Railway Museum mentioned the effect of railways on early 20th century life. That recalled an advertisement that I saw, perhaps in "In the Maine Woods." The text of the ad was something like, "Why drive 11 hours to Millinocket when you can board the sleeper tonight and awake there refreshed in the morning."

Another advertisement of interest was one for Attean Lake Lodge. As you doubtless know, this is one of the few still in existence today, and it is still owned by the same family (Holden)! I have paddled by it a half dozen times, and staying there is definitely on my Bucket List. I sent them a photocopy of the 1908 ad, but never heard back.

Evidently there were dozens and dozens of sporting camps (Antlers Camps, Chairback Mountain, Libby's, Packard's, etc.) and hotels that catered to rusticating "sports."  While there are still a lot of those places, there seem to be many fewer now despite better roads and vehicles.

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Re: Maine Railroads for Hunting, Fishing, and Canoeing
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 08:29:32 AM »
Isn't there less and less of rustic Maine that people go to see?  Seems Atlanta developers known for destroying our historic landmarks must have gone back east for greener pastures (which they can subdivide and put time shares on).
Jock Ellis