The years from the American Revolution to the Civil War were a formative period in Maine's history. The author hopes this book will provide some information on a few of the people and ideas that have helped make the state of Maine what it is today. Chapters include: Building the Roads from Boston; Forming the Stage Lines; Taverns, Inns, and Hotels. Black and white photographs, maps and charts along with color photographs throughout. Bibliography and index included. Paperback. 260 pgs.
A road trip through time down the eastern seaboard. Stretching from Maine's Canadian border almost all the way to the Florida Keys, Interstate 95 traverses fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia, and links the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Fayetteville, Savannah, Jacksonville, and Miami--to name but a few. At more than 1,900 miles, it’s one of the longest and most heavily travelled (11 million vehicles per year) roads in the country. For both snowbirds and spring-breakers, I-95 is an escape route to sand and sunshine. Travelers may complain about heavy traffic, poor road conditions, and delays, but as Dianne Perrier points out in this fascinating cultural history of the I-95 corridor, such has always been the case. The pace of travel--and life--is faster now, so it's hard to imagine that Longfellow was inspired to write his famous poem about Paul Revere by an evening spent at a tavern along the road that would eventually be served by I-95. Perrier reminds us of the profound and mundane events that took place along the I-95 corridor. Paperback 256 pages
Come along for a joy ride in this enthralling tribute to the daring women – Motor Girls, as they were called at the turn of the century – who got behind the wheel of the first cars and paved the way for change. The automobile has always symbolized freedom, and in this book we meet the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women. From the advent of the auto in the 1890s to the 1920s when the breaking down of barriers for women was in full swing, readers will be delighted to see historical photos, art, and artifacts and to discover the many ways these progressive females influenced fashion, the economy, politics, and the world around them. Color photos and images throughout. Hardcover. 96 pgs.
The Portland Company commenced operations in 1846 in Portland, Maine, under the leadership of John A. Poor. It was founded primarily to manufacture railroad locomotives for the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad. The company played a major role in the economy and development of the State of Maine and countinued in business until 1982, producing a wide range of cast-metal and fabricated products. This collection of photographs and captions gives you the feel of the old company. paper, 2002, 128 pages
On a clear, cold night in the North Woods of Maine, the mournful sound of a lonely train whistle can occasionally be heard breaking the deep silence. It is a solitary freight train traversing northern Maine on the co-called Short Line from Quebec to New Brunswick. But in the old days it was a different story. In earlier times several trains a day came to the Moosehead region on the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, the Maine Central Railroad, and the Canadian Pacific. Thousands of summer visitors would arrive by train at Greenville Junction, step off a coach into a waiting steamer at Junction Wharf and travel up Moosehead to Kineo, Seboomook and other points. There was also a network of lumbering railroads that rightly began with the "Ox Railroad" at Northeast Carry in the mid-1800s. This book, which includes many vintage photos, is a must-read for anyone interested in the stories of these old railroads and the history of the Moosehead region. 42 Pgs Paperback
A comprehensive look at the rolling stock, locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and non-revenue equipment manufactured for or by the narrow gauge lines in Franklin County, Maine. ? Over 400 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished.Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11, 400+ photos. * Hinkley Locomotive Works * Jackson & Sharp Co. * Laconia Car Co. Works (Ranlet Car Co.) * Maine Central RR * Miller's Platform and Couplers * New York Air Brake Co. (Eames Vaccuum Brake Co.) * H. K. Porter Co. * Portland Co. Volume 2
A comprehensive look at the rolling stock, locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and non-revenue equipment manufactured for or by the narrow gauge lines in Franklin County, Maine. Over 400 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished. Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11, 400+ photos. * Hinkley Locomotive Works * Jackson & Sharp Co. * Laconia Car Co. Works (Ranlet Car Co.) * Maine Central RR * Miller's Platform and Couplers * New York Air Brake Co. (Eames Vaccuum Brake Co.) * H. K. Porter Co. * Portland Co. Volume 3
"Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad and Predecessors, Volume 4, completes the presentation of the equipment: SR and SR&RL built equipment, "Snowplows" built by Joseph M. Whittier, Unknown Builders and Miscellaneous builders Rosters: Eustis, F&M, P&R, SR, SR&RL. The format, page count, etc. is identical to previous volumes in this series." Hardcover. 266 pgs.
Steam to the Summit chronicles the history of the Green Mountain Railway, a cog railroad that during the 1880s operated between Eagle Lake and the summit of Cadillac Mountain, within Maine's Acadia National Park. The intriguing tale is set during the era when Bar Harbor, Maine, was rapidly emerging as a national travel destination and bold visionaries were aggressively searching for ways to capitalize on the growing throngs of enthusiastic visitors. Although ultimately doomed by a lack of sustainable interest, the curious attraction enabled thousands to marvel at the grandeurs of Mount Desert Island in a fashion most could otherwise have only imagined. It also brought the region a substantial measure of public awareness that has helped ensure its ongoing existence as a preeminent resort community. The book is liberally illustrated with some 90 vintage images that vividly bring to life the railroad's unusual, often controversial tale and depict many of the people involved with its relatively brief existence. The little-known story is liberally documented with more than 200 endnotes and supported by an extensive bibliography. Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., calls it " . . . thoroughly readable and well researched . . ." 176 Pgs Paperback