Pine Trees and a Lotta Moose
Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
51Trip End Jan 01, 2010
Lots of moose crossing the road in upper Maine, very isolated territory. Then you cross the Canadian border and it's solid traffic, with wayside Catholic pray-stops, I forget what they're called but you stop and pray (and you need to, for the way they drive!).
I don't remember much about Augusta except I got to talking with a couple in a restaurant at lunchtime and we compared notes about the similarities of Maine and Washington state (apples, and a distaste for big-city visitors!).
Here's what I wrote. Oh, George Bush (the elder) was President then, and I stopped by his place in Kennebunkport too. He wasn't there.
Maine was the TWENTY-THIRD state.
Date: March 15, 1820
State Nickname: Pine Tree State
Key Words: Pine, Trading, Textile, Fishing, Shipbuilding, Lumbering
Augusta was settled in 1628 when some men from Plymouth established a trading post. Today, although 39 miles from the sea, it is the head of navigation on the Kennebec River, serving the food processing industry, and as the seat of state government.
Augusta's impressive capitol was designed by Charles Bullfinch, and rises majestically above Capitol Park and the Kennebec. On top of its 185-foot dome is a statue of a woman bearing a pine bough torch.
Old Fort Western, built in 1754, is open today, with costumed guides interpreting life in the 1800's. Maine State Museum has displays of a textile factory, granite quarry, ice harvesting, lumbering, fishing, and shipbuilding. Acadia National Park is nearby, on the coast.
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