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Title: Camp Wavus Girls Hiking
Contributed by: Maine State Archives
Date: circa 1940
Media: Black and White Photograph
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Photographic print
In 1873, a group of men, mostly from Portland, formed the second known hiking club in the U.S., the White Mountain Club of Portland, to carry out their scientific interests, their love of hiking and camaraderie, and their artistic interests in painting and drawing the features of several of the White Mountains.
Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.