Bygone Coastal Maine by Earl Brechlin

By Earl Brechlin

This is often the 3rd in Earl Brechlin's sequence of small books that includes colour reproductions of vintage postcards. Captions contrary every one old card describe the pictures, so much of which date from 1900 to 1930. The postcards rfile numerous fascinating destinations, together with outdated Orchard seashore, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset, and a number of other lighthouses.

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EXPLORER JOHN CABOT REPORTEDLY STOPPED AT THE ISLAND IN 1494, AS DID GIOVANNI DA VERRAZANO IN 1525. CAPT. JOHN SMITH AND NUMEROUS OTHER ENGLISH ADVENTURERS FOLLOWED IN THE 1600S. THE LIGHTHOUSE AT THE HIGH POINT OF THE ISLAND WAS FIRST CONSTRUCTED IN 1824, ALTHOUGH THE PRESENT 48-FOOTTALL GRANITE TOWER WAS ERECTED IN 1850. THE ISLAND’S REMOTE BEAUTY HAS ATTRACTED MANY NOTABLE ARTISTS OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING EDWARD HOPPER, ROCKWELL KENT, AND JAMIE WYETH. 90. FRANKLIN ISLAND LIGHT, MUSCONGUS BAY IN TANDEM WITH ITS MAINLAND NEIGHBOR TO THE WEST AT PEMAQUID, FRANKLIN ISLAND LIGHT GUARDS THE APPROACHES TO MUSCONGUS BAY.

RESIDENTS ON THE EASTERN BANK SPLIT OFF IN 1762 AND NAMED THE TOWN PEPPERRELLBOROUGH AFTER SIR WILLIAM PEPPERRELL, WHO DONATED LAND FOR A COMMON. THE NAME WAS CHANGED TO SACO IN 1905. 25. CATARACT FALLS, SACO IN 1617 CAPT. RICHARD VINES SPENT A WINTER AT THE MOUTH OF THE SACO RIVER IN A PLACE HE CALLED WINTER HARBOR. DRAWN BY THE POWER OF THE WATER AT THE FALLS, THE FIRST PERMANENT SETTLERS ARRIVED IN 1631. ” 26. OLD ORCHARD BEACH FROM THE PIER THE FIRST PIER AT OLD ORCHARD BEACH WAS BUILT OF STEEL IN 1898.

84. THE DAM AND OAK GROVE HOTEL, WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR THE WEST HARBOR DAM WAS BUILT IN 1880 TO HOLD BACK FRESH WATER FOR AN ICE POND. THE “CRYSTAL CLEAR” ICE WAS ALLOWED TO FREEZE TO 10 OR 12 INCHES THICK, AND WAS CUT INTO BLOCKS BY CREWS OF THE MAINE ICE COMPANY. THE ICE WAS THEN MOVED ON CONVEYORS, AND EITHER STORED OR LOADED DIRECTLY ONTO SCHOONERS AND SHIPPED TO PLACES SUCH AS GEORGIA. IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL FOR UPWARD OF 30,000 TONS OF ICE TO BE HARVESTED IN A SEASON. THE OAK GROVE HOTEL–ALONG WITH THE MENAWARMET, ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE HARBOR, AND THE BOOTHBAY HOUSE–WERE THE FLAGSHIPS OF THE TOWN’S GOLDEN AGE OF TOURISM, AROUND 1900.

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