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Category: Recreation & Leisure, Parks

Historical Items

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Item 11880

Island Park, Cobbosseecontee Lake

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Augusta; Manchester Media: Postcard

Item 25060

Lake Grove, Auburn, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1900 Location: Auburn; Auburn Media: Postcard

Item 25112

Riverton Park, Portland, 1924

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1924 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Exhibits

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The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.

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History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

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Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."

Site Pages

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Baxter State Park

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Acadia National Park

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Early Settlement

Early Settlement Wheeler and Crosby Text by Karyn Field Crosby's Grist Mill Store, called Old Brick Store, Hampden, built in 1807Item…