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Trails, Rails, and Roads
MPBN: Home Series, Moving Image, 00:28:01

The story of transportation in Maine is the story of the state's ongoing challenge to keep its people connected both to economic markets and to each other. Whether it's Route 113 in western Maine, US Route 1 meandering up the coast, or the once plentiful rail routes that joined every corner of the state, Maine's communities have been formed by the patterns of transportation.

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Transportation
Railroads

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Lion Locomotive
Fogler Special Collections, Still Image

Photo of a train engine with men and boys seated on the tender and driver's seat, one man standing in front of locomotive. This is the Lion locomotive, which was built by Isaac Hinkley of Boston, completed in 1846. It is the oldest existing American-built locomotive in New England. It was used by the Palmer and Machiasport Railroad to carry lumber between Whitneyville and Machiasport until 1892.

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Locomotives
Railroads
Railroads
Transportation

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Edwin H. Eddy's recollection of his visit to a logging camp, 1880
Maine Historical Society, Text

Recollections of Edwin H. Eddy's visit to a logging camp near Moosehead Lake in 1880.

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Cutler, Thatcher & Company
Eddy, Edwin H.
Eddy, Edwin H. -- Personal narratives
Eddy, Johnathan
Lumber trade -- Maine
Lumbering -- Maine
Lumbermen -- Maine
Manuscripts
Moosehead Lake -- History

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Diary of a farmer in Phillips, Maine
Fogler Special Collections, Text

Diary of a farmer in Phillips, Maine. Includes brief notations of work for the day and the weather for various times of the year.

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Agriculture
Farm life
Farming/Agriculture

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The Nation's Playground
MPBN: Home Series, Moving Image, 00:28:01

With its remarkable coastline, deep-green forest, and rolling landscape, Maine has been a favorite place for visitors for over a century. During the late 1800s, trains and steamboats brought visitors to every corner of the state. Over the last century, tourism has grown into Maine’s largest industry.

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Recreation/Tourism
Tourism -- Maine -- History

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Lombard Log Hauler with Loaded Two-sleds
Maine Folklife Center, Still Image

Photograph of a Lombard log hauler towing a string of loaded two-sleds. One man driving, three alongside. From the Grindstone, Maine, operations of the Jordan Lumber Company. Lombard log haulers had steam engines and were used as a means of transporting logs in the woods. They had an advantage over horses and oxen in that they could tow many more two-sleds loaded with logs than any team.

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Log transportation
Lumbering
Lumbering
Mechanization

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Spring
MPBN: Quest Series, Moving Image, 00:58:03

Because spring comes so late to northern New England, things have to happen quickly and profusely. Spring is the time of year that wildlife and plants come to life again and get right to the business of creating new life.

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Spring -- New England
Seasons -- New England
Natural history -- New England
Ecology/Energy

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Diary of Capt. John Davison, 1846
Maine Historical Society, Text

John Davison, a schooner captain from Augusta who was involved in East coast trade, kept a logbook of his journeys on the ship Yucatan, 1846.

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Davison, Caleb Henry
Davison, John
Davison, John -- Diaries
Logbooks
Manuscripts
Seafaring life -- Description and travel
Ship captains -- Maine
Yucatan (Ship) -- Logbooks

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Letter from Benjamin Mathes, Jr. to Samuel S. Lewis, Apr. 12, 1836
Maine Historical Society, Text

Letter from Benjamin Mathes, Jr. to Samuel S. Lewis of Boston, April 12, 1836 about two cargos of lumber.

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Boston and Eastern Mill and Land Company
Letters
Lewis, Samuel S.
Lewis, Samuel S. -- Correspondence
Lumber trade -- Maine
Manuscripts
Mathes, Benjamin
Mathes, Benjamin -- Correspondence
Shipping -- Maine
West River Mill & Lumber Company

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Car Set Ready to Dump Pulpwood Logs
Fogler Special Collections, Still Image

Photograph of a train car waiting at the top of a slide in order to dump its load of pulp logs into the river. Captioned: "Car set ready to dump car dumper at North Twin."

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Log driving
Log transportation
Lumbering
Lumbering
Railroads
Railroads

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