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Historical Items

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Item 80751

Crooked knife, Penobscot, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: circa 1850 Media: Hardwood, leather, metal

Item 80716

N.M. Francis and his wife in a canoe, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: circa 1912 Location: Old Town; Indian Island Media: Postcard

Item 80717

Bar Harbor steamboat landing, ca. 1885

Contributed by: Maine Historic Preservation Commission Date: circa 1885 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Albumen print


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Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.


Umbazooksus & Beyond

Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.


Moosehead Steamboats

After the canoe, steamboats became the favored method of transportation on Moosehead Lake. They revolutionized movement of logs and helped promote tourism in the region.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Arriving in Bar Harbor

Others rode the same trains, steamboats, and stagecoaches as everyone else, placing their belongings—including canoes—in the cargo holds.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment

Visitors also stopped by the encampment to hire Indian guides for canoe outings or sport-hunting, to place special orders for items such as…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Big Thunder

He rented canoes, often with himself or his son Mitchell as paddler and guide. Every visitor to Bar Harbor knows ‘Big Thunder’ the ancient Indian…

My Maine Stories

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Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman