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The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
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An image is on the Maine Memory Network of the Masons in a parade down a street in Bath. Masonic trunk, openItem Contributed byPatten Free…
Temple Crittenden) Today, many of the existing rail beds have been converted into heavily-used recreational trails.