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Relocating the 100 Mile "Wilderness"

  • Dates: 15 – 15 Aug, 2019
  • Location: Monson, Maine
  • Address: Monson Historical Society


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Speaker: Dave Field, Overseer of Lands for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Trail worker in Maine for 64 years

The original Appalachian Trail between Monson and the summit of Katahdin covered 112 miles. Relocations from 1936-1970 avoided a ferry across Rainbow Lake, moved the Trail from the collapsed Nesowadnehunk Falls cable bridge to the new Abol Bridge, and bypassed heavy logging debris on the Barren-Chairback Range. By 1970, the route was 114 miles long. This included 67 miles on roads (60% of the total). Between 1970 and 1990, relocations eliminated road walks and improved the route. In this presentation, Dave Field, Overseer of Lands for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Trail worker in Maine for 64 years, will tell the story of why, how, when, and by whom these relocations were made.