Hiking, climbing, backpacking, snowshoeing, back-country skiing, and ice-climbing are among the activities pursued there; and there has a been a similar range in the ways people have met their demise on the mountain and in the park.Randi ...
Author: Randi Minetor
Publisher: Down East Books
Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, is Maine's highest mountain. It is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Tucked away in the remote North Woods, it is an adventure seeker's paradise. Hiking, climbing, backpacking, snowshoeing, back-country skiing, and ice-climbing are among the activities pursued there; and there has a been a similar range in the ways people have met their demise on the mountain and in the park.Randi Minetor gathers the stories of these fatalities, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest; and presents dozens of misadventures, including hunting accidents, lightning strikes, and even more than one suspicious death. It's a fascinating addition to the North Woods canon.
The story of Baxter State Park and the remarkable mountain at its heart begins
when the massive continental ice sheet that covered New England 20,000 years
ago finally receded. Over the ensuing years, the powerful action of the melting ice
Author: John W. Neff
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The character of Baxter State Park and the great mountain at its heart can be powerfully conveyed through two words: forever wild. The mountain was known as Ktaadn, or "the greatest mountain," to native peoples who first frequented Maine's interior northern forest. They were followed by colonial adventurers who explored its cirques and massive granite walls, by those who studied its geology and flora and fauna, and later by loggers who came to extract the virgin timber from nearby valleys. Finally, recreational climbing and camping led to an effort to protect the rugged beauty of these mountains, lakes, and valleys. When calls for preservation went unheeded, former governor Percival P. Baxter, beginning in the 1930s, purchased some 201,000 acres over a period of 30 years and gifted them to the state. Today, Baxter State Park is the guardian of this vast wilderness area for all to enjoy. Baxter State Park and Katahdin draws on rich collections of archival images dating back to the 19th century.
In the 1930s, Clayton Hall so enjoyed Dudley's tales that he lugged an office-
dictating machine into Chimney Pond and recorded the stories. Much later, Hall's
niece and Jane Thomas—who had heard Dudley as a youngster—found Hall's ...
Author: Greg Westrich
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
From Grand Pitch on remote Webster Stream to the blueberry covered summit of The Sentinel to dozens of waterfalls and swimming holes on Howe Brook, Hiking Maine’s Baxter StatePark is your source for detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for Baxter State Park’s best hikes. Also included are iconic routes up Katahdin, easy walks to ponds and wetlands where wildlife regularly feed, multi-day trips within the park, and hikes along the southern most section of the International Appalachian Trail.
Maine historian John Neff's compelling and comprehensive narrative traces the history, legend, and legacy of Mount Katahdin--the spectacular peak that looms over Maine's Great North Woods--from the earliest Native American stories to ...
Author: John W. Neff
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club
Maine historian John Neff's compelling and comprehensive narrative traces the history, legend, and legacy of Mount Katahdin--the spectacular peak that looms over Maine's Great North Woods--from the earliest Native American stories to colonial exploration through the logging industry's peak to today's conservation successes and opportunities.
3–5; Beatrice Ward Nelson, “A Brief History of State Recreation Areas,” in Herbert
Evison, ed., A State Park Anthology ... Legacy of a Lifetime: The Story of Baxter State Park (Woolrich, Maine: TBW Books for Baxter State Park Authority, 1981).
Author: Thomas R. Cox
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Among the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest are its state parks, campgrounds and tree-lined highways. From Idaho hot springs to the Oregon coast, millions of people enjoy this priceless legacy every year but few stop to think about the source of this bounty. The Park Builders profiles the men who provided the parks, and the times that shaped them. From its beginnings as part of the progressive crusades to its evolution into an expected function of state government, the state parks movement in the Northwest is a window onto the political and social developments of the twentieth century. The states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon were generally in the mainstream of the parks movement, but each of their histories is unique. Taken together, they help to define the nature and limitations of regionalism in the Northwest. Especially in the early years, the story of state parks was largely the story of individuals. Drawing extensively from interviews and personal papers, Thomas Cox creates memorable pictures of parks activists in each state. Robert Moran, creator of the battleship, Nebraska, spent a decade lobbying the state of Washington to accept his magnificent acreage on Orcas Island. Sam Boardman went from a road crew to the head of Oregon�s park system, and took up his mission with a zeal that was literally religious: �To me a park is a pulpit,� he wrote. �The more you keep it as He made it, the closer you are to Him.� In Idaho, Senator Weldon Heyburn, no proponent of state expenditures, set out to create a national park, and ended up with a premier state park, named for him. State parks serve more people at far less expense than do those in the National Park System. Since their fates are determined largely at the state level, they are an ideal venue for the study of grassroots activism and regional trends. This book is the first to collect these themes into a coherent whole. It will serve as a model for further regional studies of its kind.
On Baxter State Park, see John W. Hakola, Legacy of a Lifetime: e Story of Baxter State Park (Woolwich, Maine:TBW Books, ). I'm indebted to Joe Mints of the MFS
for insight into the possible role of the burn for the park's history. Fitzgerald v.
Author: Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Repeatedly, if paradoxically, the Northeast has led national developments in fire. Its intellectuals argued for model preserves in the Adirondacks and at Yellowstone, oversaw the first mapping of the American fire scene for the 1880 census, staffed the 1896 National Academy of Sciences forest commission that laid down guidelines for the national forests, and spearheaded legislation that allowed those reserves to expand by purchase. It trained the leaders who staffed those protected areas and produced most of America’s first environmentalists. The Northeast has its roster of great fires, beginning with dark days in the late 18th century, followed by a chronicle of conflagrations continuing as late as 1903 and 1908, with a shocking after-tremor in 1947. It hosted the nation’s first forestry schools. It organized the first interstate (and international) fire compact. And it was the Northeast that pioneered the transition to the true Big Burn—industrial combustion—as America went from burning living landscapes to burning lithic ones. In this new book in the To the Last Smoke series, renowned fire expert Stephen J. Pyne narrates this history and explains how fire is returning to a place not usually thought of in America’s fire scene. He examines what changes in climate and land use mean for wildfire, what fire ecology means for cultural landscapes, and what experiments are underway to reintroduce fire to habitats that need it. The region’s great fires have gone; its influence on the national scene has not. The Northeast: A Fire Survey samples the historic and contemporary significance of the region and explains how it fits into a national cartography and narrative of fire. Included in this volume: How the region shaped America’s understanding of and policy toward fire How fire fits into the region today What fire in the region means for the rest of the country What changes in climate, land use, and institutions may mean for the region
In this collection of anecdotal stories, Steve describes his life as a new ranger in a strange place, meeting new people--and learning about his wild neighbors.
Author: Steve Tetreault
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The mother moose was standing by her three-week old calf. She gave me a cold hard stare and then laid her ears back. I could actually see the hair rise up on the back of her neck just before she put her head down and charged. Barely into my second month as a Baxter State Park ranger and a big animal was angry and running straight at me. She could kill me or cause serious injury with one flail of her hooves. This was surreal. I was a ranger, for Petes sake. How was I going to explain this in my weekly report? The Bear Dogs of Katahdin is Steve Tetreaults true account of his time spent as a ranger in Maines Baxter State Park, a wilderness area of over 204,000 acres. In this collection of anecdotal stories, Steve describes his life as a new ranger in a strange place, meeting new people--and learning about his wild neighbors. If you are a lover of the outdoors in general, or perhaps Maine and Baxter State Park in particular, you will appreciate Steves depiction of a park rangers life from the point of view of a young and idealistic person.
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Author: Frank H. Sleeper
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Baxter State Park and the Allagash River covers two spectacular areas in the northern Maine woods. Baxter State Park, with more than 200,000 acres, is the largest park in the country purchased by one individual, former governor Percival P. Baxter. The park includes Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and the highest peak in Maine. Breathtaking photographs portray the scenic Allagash River, which was designated a wilderness waterway in 1966 by the Maine legislature. It was the first state-managed river area in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1970. Included in this volume are stereoscopic photographs of Mount Katahdin from the early 1870s. This mountain, sacred to the Native Americans, has an atmosphere that is masterfully conveyed in the extraordinary photographs used in this history. The Allagash River is portrayed as it was before the wilderness waterway was created. Baxter State Park and the Allagash River chronicles the progression of the river and park from lumbering, hunting, and fishing to its eventual preservation and tourism. Frank H. Sleeper has authored numerous
When Baxter was made an honorary lifetime member of the American Institute of
Park Executives , the citation said : Rarely , indeed , is ... Although Baxter State
Park is the most obvious manifestation of Percival Baxter's generosity , the
citizens of Maine also have him to ... Legacy of a lifetime : The story of Baxter State Park .
Author: John L. Crompton
Publisher: Sagamore Pub Llc
The Pugsley Medals, which have been awarded annually since 1928, are perhaps the most prestigious awards given to recognise outstanding contributors to the field of parks and conservation Responsibility for selecting the recipients has shifted from the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society to the National Park Foundation, and most recently to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
But even though comparisons could be made with other parts of the world which
have records dating from these years , the result would be a story bordering upon
science fiction . The record of glaciation in Baxter State Park , however , is well ...
Pinkham also delivers sidebars about selected trails, towns, and other points of interest. This book includes all significant peaks and hills throughout Maine.
Author: Steve Pinkham
Publisher: Down East Books
How did a mountain get the name Moose's Bosom? And what's afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker Steve Pinkham provides informative, quirky, and sometimes downright hilarious answers to these questions. Arranged alphabetically within regions are capsule histories highlighting natural features, origins of place names, and intriguing facts and local legends. Pinkham also delivers sidebars about selected trails, towns, and other points of interest. This book includes all significant peaks and hills throughout Maine.
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“I am about the only reporter who always covers all the Baxter State Park
Authority meetings in the area,” she said. A few years back, as a Bangor Daily
News freelance correspondent, she covered the drama of park rangers and
rescue teams ...
Author: Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.Publish On: 2014
Thus, I had an opportunity to meet the man who had led Maine from 1921 to 1925
and later donated Mount Katahdin and its surrounding land for Baxter State Park.
Governor Baxter's example of dedication to the state of Maine influenced me
greatly in choosing a career in state ... During that time, I have worked with
governors and first ladies regarding the history and preservation of the Blaine
Author: Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The Blaine House in Augusta is one of Maine s most notable homes. In 1862, three decades after the house was built by Capt. James Hall in the early 1830s, James and Harriet Blaine moved in. The home became the setting for one of the most meteoric careers in American politics, during which James Blaine served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, US senator, secretary of state, and Republican candidate for president in 1884. After the deaths of her parents, the Blaines daughter Harriet Blaine Beale gave the house to the state in 1919. Since 1920, it has served as the official residence of the state s governors and their families. As a symbol of state government, it ranks with the Maine State House. The house has been a National Historic Landmark since 1964. Architecturally, it reflects a combination of Federal, Victorian, and Colonial Revival styles. Today, the Blaine House functions as a social showcase for Maine, a working office, and family living quarters."