In this critically acclaimed Maine classic set in the 1930s, Helen Hamlin writes of her adventures in the Maine wilderness. Hamlin was warned that remote Churchill Depot, an isolated lumber camp located at the headwaters of the Allagash River, was “no place for a woman.” Despite the warning, Hamlin set off at age twenty to teach school at the tiny camp. After teaching for one year, she married a game warden, and moved deeper into the wilderness, where she spent her next three years. Hamlin effectively captures this time in her life, complete with the trappers, foresters, lumbermen, woods folk, wild animals, and natural splendor that she discovered first at Umsaskis Lake and then at Nine Mile Bridge on the St. John River.
Islandport Press is proud to reissue Nine Mile Bridge. The enhanced classic features: a new foreword by Dean B. Bennett, author and noted authority on the Allagash and North Woods regions of Maine. Paperback; 282 pages.
Helen Hamlin (1917-2004), the author of Nine Mile Bridge: Three Years in the Maine Woods, was born and raised in the northern Aroostook County town of Fort Kent, Maine. Growing up in a family of game wardens, she had a deep appreciation for the culture of the North Woods and its inspirational beauty — a love that lasted her entire life. As the wife of a fish game warden, she lived deep in the Maine wilderness and taught school in a remote lumber camp. Later, Hamlin ran the Parmachenee Club (a private hunting and fishing club on Treat’s Island), worked as a portrait painter, wrote a best-selling book, served as a French translator in Africa, and traveled the world.