Campground in Jonesport, ca. 1915


In the early 20th century, improvements in roads and bridges encouraged automobile tourists as well. Hotels and boarding houses housed businessmen and vacation travelers. Gas stations and luncheonettes opened along Route 1 to serve tourists.

Grand Lake Stream and Meddybemps were among the lakeside communities that catered to sportsmen. Rustic camps, many with a variety of amenities, were numerous.

Railroads, boats, and livery services made them easy to reach. Guides, often Passamaquoddy Indians, were readily available to paddle visitors to prime fishing grounds. Hatcheries were commonplace, keeping recreational waters stocked for sport fishing. In the fall, hunting expeditions could easily be arranged.

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