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Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The 1947 Fire

 
 
The 1947 Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
1. The 1947 Fire Marker
Inscription. In October 1947 a series of fires lasting 26 days blazed across more than 25 square miles of Mount Desert Island. The fire seriously threatened Bar harbor, and transformed most of the landscape before you into an apparent wasteland. It consumed 170 homes of year-round residents. Over 60 summer mansions burned, leaving only chimneys and garden statues standing. One-third of the park woodlands burned before the flames died at the ocean's edge.

A forest of birch, aspen, and other hardwoods emerged where the charred stumps of spruce and fir trees can still be found. In time, these fast-growing species may be replaced by others until, perhaps,, spruce and fir dominate again. Natural cycles will always create a mosaic of different forest types across the island, but the Fire of 1947 stands out as a singular and powerful force of change.
 
Location. 44° 23.06′ N, 68° 13.768′ W. Marker is in Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Paradise Hill Rd, on the left. Click for map. Marker is in pull-off of Acadia National Park loop. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish Welcomes You (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Village Burying Ground
Mountains of Acadia National Park image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
2. Mountains of Acadia National Park
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Donald A. Wood Band Stand (approx. 1.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bar Harbor, Maine (approx. 1.3 miles away); Frenchman Bay (approx. 1.5 miles away); Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bar Harbor.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,274 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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