Vacationing in Maine C. 1965

With new interstate highways and cheap motels, towns such as Old Orchard Beach became quick and affordable getaways for middle-class families from New England and New York.

These staged tourism photos capture some of what southern Maine had to offer, from pristine lakes and beaches to reasonably clean motel rooms.

Vacationers on Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Vacationers on Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield.
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Guests relax around the swimming pool at the Mt. Royal Motel in Old Orchard Beach.

Guests relax around the swimming pool at the Mt. Royal Motel in Old Orchard Beach.
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Vacationers at Paul's Cabins resort in Old Orchard Beach. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Vacationers at Paul’s Cabins resort in Old Orchard Beach.
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Swimmers at Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Swimmers at Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield.
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Northern Maine Spring Flower

This deep red flower is found in Maine woodlands usually by the end of April and early May
This deep red flower is found in Maine woodlands usually by the end of April and early May

These flowers are very common in Northern Maine and bloom before the canopy of leaves are fully out.   Officially called a ‘Trillium’, they are also know by the locals as ‘Stinkin Benjamins’

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Allagash Snowsleds

Various images of snowmobiling in the Allagash wilderness.

A group of vintage snowmobiles in the Allagash Maine wilderness
A group of vintage snowmobiles in the Allagash Maine wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sledders stop by the Lost Trains of the Allagash
Sledders stop by the Lost Trains of the Allagash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow covers the rusty remnants of the Tramway between Eagle and Chamberlain Lakes
Snow covers the rusty remnants of the Tramway between Eagle and Chamberlain Lakes

10 Waterfalls in Maine That Will Take Your Breath Away

The website OnlyinYourState.com has come up with a list of 10 stunning waterfalls in Maine. I think I would add Shin Brook Falls also!

Snow Falls, Oxford County


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Screw Auger Falls, Oxford County

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Gulf Hagas, Piscataquis County


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Aroostook County 2016 Calendar
12 month calendar featuring images taken around Northern Maine over the last 12 months

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Katahdin is one of the Top 10 Summit Hikes in the World says National Geographic

In its recent  best summit hikes in the world, National Geographic put Katahdin at #2.

Katahdin and Clouds
Katahdin from Above
Mt. Katahdin
Full moon setting behind Katahdin.

Lording over the center of the state’s deep inland forests, Katahdin may be the most inspiring peak in all of eastern North America. Part of that aura comes from the great transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who famously scaled it in 1846 in order to come face-to-face with the raw soul of nature.

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Maine Town of 700 one of America’s Top Labor Day Destinations

The vacation rental website Tripping.com has crunched its data and named a small Maine town as a top destination this Labor Day weekend.

Monson, Maine (courtesy of town of Monson)
Monson, Maine (courtesy of town of Monson)

Monson, Maine (pop 700) has been been ranked in the same league as San Francisco, California and Ocean City, Maryland.   Tripping.com says this about Monson:

“This idyllic New England town on the shores of Lake Hebron is perfect for a family who wants to get in some watersports or do a bit of hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Labor Day in Monson will offer pubs, antiquing, or simply sitting on the dock, enjoying the late summer sun.”

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Firewood – A Measure of Wealth in Northern Maine

It’s August and many in Northern Maine are thinking about the upcoming winter.   As Julia Bayly of the Bangor Daily News reported in Northern Maine

firewood
In Northern Maine, wealth is often measured in firewood.

rich: Where wealth of wood beats money in the bank, wealth for many in this region is measured in cords, not dollars.

Take a moment and you’ll notice a lot of large trucks cris-crossing Maine towns right now, dumping their cargo of cut and split logs in yards.    For the really ambitious, the pile of wood next to the log splitter is starting to grow.   Everyone remembers the harsh cold of last winter and nobody wants to run out in the middle of the upcoming one!

B-17G Crash in Presque Isle

During World War II the old Presque Isle Army Air Force Base was one of the most important to the war effort in the US  . It was the last stop within the

B-17G crash in Presque Isle, Maine March 11,1944
B-17G crash in Presque Isle, Maine March 11,1944

continental U.S. for the American bombers & their crews on the long and dangerous flight to England.  The route of this flight took them from Presque Isle, to Newfoundland, to Iceland and then to England.

On March 11, 1944 this B-17G went out of control while taxing on the icy runway at Presque Isle.  It crashed into the north end of one of the hangars. All of the crew suffered injuries and there was one fatality;  Co-Pilot Second Lieutenant Thomas Walker from Stockport, Ohio died in the crash.