Percival Baxter's birch bark fish outline, 1884

Contributed by Baxter State Park


After catching an 8-pound trout on June 3rd, 1884, 7 year old Percival Baxter outlined his fish on a piece of birch bark and saved it.

Note - Trout are no longer considered part of the Salmo genus.
The Outline reads:
Speckled Trout (Salmo Fontinalis)
Weight: 8 lbs
Caught at Toothakers Cove
Cupsuptic Lake
June 3rd, 1884 by
Percival Proctor Baxter
Aged seven years
This is a correct outline of the fish
Guide Jerry Ellis
Rang[e]ley City, ME

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About This Item

  • Title: Percival Baxter's birch bark fish outline, 1884
  • Creator: Baxter, Percival Proctor
  • Creation Date: 1884-06-03
  • Subject Date: 1884-06-03
  • Local Name: Cupsuptic Lake
  • Town: Rangeley
  • County: Franklin, Oxford
  • State: ME
  • Media: Birch Bark
  • Dimensions: 23 cm x 61 cm x .1 cm
  • Collection: Baxter State Park Front Lobby
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Dr., Millinocket, ME 04467

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