Contributed by Presque Isle Historical Society
In celebration of the centennial of its founding, the Presque Isle Centennial Committee sponsored the cultivation and distribution of potatoes as a gift to the governors of the then just recently expanded 50 states in the Union.
Note the drawing of the SNARK missile which was then being installed at the Presque Isle Air Force Base and was a great source of pride for the community. At its height, the 702nd Strategic Missile Wing employed 1200 military personnel and 300 civilians at an annual expenditure of $8 million per year. The 702nd Strategic Missile Wing was inactivated on June 25, 1961. The air base was repurposed as the Presque Isle Airport and the Presque Isle Industrial Park.
SNARK missile information provided by the Presque Isle Air Museum
About This Item
- Title: Governor's Potato Plot, Presque Isle, 1959
- Creation Date: 1959
- Subject Date: 1959
- Town: Presque Isle
- County: Aroostook
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Potatoes--Maine--Presque Isle
- Presque Isle (Me.)--Centennial celebrations, etc.
- Centennial celebrations--Maine--Presque Isle
- Missiles--Maine--Presque Isle
- United States. Army Air Forces
- Northern Maine Regional Airport (Presque Isle, Me.)
- Airports--Maine--Presque Isle
For more information about this item, contact:Presque Isle Historical Society
PO Box 285, Presque Isle, ME 04769
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