Pine Trees and a Lotta Moose

Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
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Trip End Jan 01, 2010


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Northwest Harbor B&B

Flag of United States  , Maine
Wednesday, May 22, 1991

I visited Augusta in spring 1991 when headed for a conference in Quebec City, Canada. I flew into Boston, rented a car and drove the New England States, staying in B&B's (because I owned one then). I stayed at Northwest Harbor (not Bar) in a nice homey B&B by Acadia National Park, then drove to Augusta, then on to Quebec City.

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.

Augusta, Maine
Population 18,551
Elevation 153
Eastern time zone
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