Millinocket in Penobscot County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Thoreau, Roosevelt and you
Thirsting to experience nature’s splendor and vast wilderness, famous conservationists, politicians and artists were drawn to this area.
In August 1879, young Theodore Roosevelt – who saw himself as a combination of naturalist, old-time explorer and big game hunter – climbed the peak that Thoreau had written so eloquently about, the mighty 5,268-foot Mount Katahdin.
“I still remember with qualified joy the ascent and especially the descent of Katahdin in moccasins.” Theodore Roosevelt wrote forty years later.
Today, just like Thoreau, Roosevelt and many other influential individuals, visitors like you continue to be attracted to Maine’s Katahdin and the woods and waters that surround it.
Perhaps it was Henry David Thoreau and his chronicles of the Maine woods that best captured and projected the character of the region, impressing readers around the world. Assisted by Penobscot Indian guides, Thoreau made three major excursions through the region in the mid-19th century. His revered expeditionary journal offered a portrait of a robust industrial and agrarian economy
For more information on the history of this area, please visit the Historical Societies along this scenic byway.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
Location. 45° 43.79′ N, 68° 50.299′ W. Marker is in Millinocket, Maine, in Penobscot County. Marker is on Millinocket Lake Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in a Katahdin Woods & Water Scenic Byway information station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1605 Millinocket Lake Road, Millinocket ME 04462, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Golden Road (here, next to this marker); Want to see a moose? Think like one! (within shouting distance of this marker); Katahdin (approx. 12.7 miles away); Mount Katahdin (approx. 12.7 miles away); Baxter State Park (approx. 13.2 miles away).
More about this marker. A photograph of Mount Katahdin from the mouth of Abol on the Penobscot West Branch and a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt, William Windgate Sewall, and Wilmot Dow in Maine (March 1878) are on the left of the marker. A portrait of Henry David Thoreau appears in the middle of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.