Monday, April 15, 2013

Maine Main Streets

Mars Hill Main Street c1915 - click to enlarge
Photo: Penobscot Marine Museum via
  Mars Hill, Maine has at least one distinction it was the site of the first automobile accident in the State of Maine.  At the time of that accident there were only two registered cars in Aroostook County, an area equal to Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.  The two cars met "in person" that day.
Princeton Main Street c1927 - click to enlarge
Photo: Penobscot Marine Museum via
  Princeton is one of the gateway towns to an important fresh water sports fishery.  Located near the very large lakes in Eastern Maine the Town has provided sports fishermen/women for many years.  Princeton is also home to many people of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.
Brownville Junction Main Street c1925 - click to enlarge
Photo: Penobscot Marine Museum via
  Brownville Junction was an important place back in the railroad age, oh, there are still some trains through town but a lot less than before.  The Bangor and Aroostook RR and the Canadian National RR switch cars in this junction.  The area is also historically host to many hunters who come to Maine to hunt moose, bear and deer.  Also this area was the site of a large slate quarry - that I wrote about some time ago.
  And, there you have it; three Maine towns, some still have many of the buildings that are in the photos, others have had fires or the buildings have been altered.  Go take a look!

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