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Exhibit: John Dunn, 19th Century Sportsman

Ragged Lake, 1887

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Ragged Lake, 1887 / Maine Historical Society

Text by Tom Doyle

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John Dunn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1869. His father, Charles Bullen Dunn, was a wealthy businessman and great outdoorsman who had the resources to make frequent trips from urban Philadelphia to the pristine, remote and rugged Moosehead Lake region of northern Maine.

In 1891, illness forced John Dunn to drop out of the University of Pennsylvania, ending a dream of a career in civil engineering.

To recover from illness and to regain stamina, Dunn traveled to Maine for the fresh air and rigors of the outdoors.

From 1885 to 1904, John Dunn spent weeks on end photographing, hunting and fishing around Ragged Lake and Roach Pond.

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