Charles Turner account of climbing Katahdin, 1804

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


An extract of a letter Charles Turner wrote in the summer of 1804 detailing his ascent of Katahdin. His is believed to be the first published account of an ascent of Katahdin and he and his companions are believed to be the first non-Native Americans to climb the mountain.

Turner was a surveyor from Scituate, Massachusetts, and later served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

The account was published in 1819 in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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  • Title: Charles Turner account of climbing Katahdin, 1804
  • Creator: Charles Turner
  • Creation Date: circa 1804
  • Subject Date: circa 1804
  • Location: Piscataquis County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. S-6451, Misc. Box 199/1
  • Object Type: Text

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