Chiputneticook Chain of Lakes
Looking East into New Brunswick: The International Boundary runs directly through East Grand Lake and the Chiputneticook Lakes below you. The deepest parts of the lakes define the border between the U.S. and Canada.
Glaciers carved vast grooves to form these lakes during the Ice Age 25,000 years ago. As the Laurentide Ice Sheet retreated, it deposited glacial till, gravel, sand, and rounded dropstone boulders. Look for these boulders along the shores of North, East Grand, Mud, Spednic, Palfrey, Brackett and Deering Lakes.
Glacial Eskers or "Horsebacks"
These long, winding ridges of sand and gravel deposits snake their way across the landscape. Looking like railroad beds, these natural formations are the deposits of rivers flowing in, on, or under a glacier. Their path follows the glacier's direction. For a short side trip, visit Horseback Road in Danforth to see an esker used as a road.
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Glacial droppings: boulders line many of the lakes' shores
Here, an esker makes a natural road bed for horse and carriage in Danforth
Once open fields, few working farms remain today
"There were once twice as many cows as people in Weston. And now we have only half the people!"
- Weston Resident, 2008. [The town's population in 2009 was 203]
With the exception of the Brackett farm behind you, only traces remain of the many farms here that once lined the road.
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Left: Rail fencing makes a dandy perch for taking in the view in this tintype photo
Right: An ad boasting that this farm yielded 160 barrels of potatoes per acre
Once farm country
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Open fields, about 1900. See the rocks?
Brackett Farm, family haying, 1930's
Left: Farm wagons loaded with barrels of potatoes, headed for train, Danforth.
Discover clues to the landscape's past
can you spot old apple trees?
Visible signs of farms that raised crops, diary cows and sheep have faded with time. But some apple trees farmers planted remain as clues to farms' locations. Antique varieties may still exist: Old Russet, Ben Davis, Grey Pearmain, Red Blaze.
Looking for local flavor? Try trout with wild fiddleheads, a delicious spring specialty.
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Generations of sport [upper left photos]
Woody Wheaton, famous Maine Guide
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Environment • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2008.
Location. 45° 44.254′ N, 67° 52.542′ W. Marker is in Weston, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is on U.S. 1 north of Moody Lane, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the Million Dollar View roadside pullout. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danforth ME 04424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A rich fishing tradition continues year-round (a few steps from this marker); When trees were used for tanning (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Weston Honor Roll (approx. Ό mile away); Rivers & Streams: Ancient Highways of the Wabanaki (approx. 3.1 miles away); The "sleeping giant" view of Mount Katahdin (approx. 3.1 miles away); Weston & Danforth's architecture (approx. 3.1 miles away); Welcome to Million Dollar View Scenic Byway (approx. 3.2 miles away); Orient Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Also see . . .
1. Woodie Wheaton Land Trust - History. Repaired broken link; 02/12/2021 LPG. (Submitted on October 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Million Dollar View Scenic Byway - Route 1. Explore Maine entry (Submitted on October 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.