Emmie Bailey Whitney at Katahdin, ca. 1930Item 12872 info
Maine Historical Society
VISIT THE MAINE WOODS
"'Back to Nature!' This is no mere fad, no hollow shibboleth. It is the quintessence of common sense ... It means drinking in the ozone of the evergreens, the constant exercise of all the muscles of the body and not merely a few, as in the city. Above all things it means a complete change from the routine of business life."
The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad's dramatic description of Maine in 1910 was meant to promote the railroad by encouraging tourism.
In response, numerous men and women heeded the call and ventured to the mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests of the Pine Tree State at the turn of the twentieth century.