Contributed by: Bridgton Historical Society Date: circa 1938 Location: Bridgton Media: Ink on paper and photograph
In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.
Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.
… Front of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and MHS Headquarters Drivers required parking places, gasoline stations, and better roads for their cars.
… Theater The Maine Historical Society's new headquarters opened in 1907 on the 100th anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birth.