Millinocket in Penobscot County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
The Golden Road
- Built for today’s log drivers -
Welcome to the Golden Road, a 96-mile private road built by the Great Northern Paper Company that stretches from the Canadian border crossing to Millinocket, Maine.
The road, which parallels the West Branch of the Penobscot River, was built between 1969 and 1972 to bring raw wood to the mill. The new road ended log driving, the practice of floating logs down the river, and instead logs were hauled by trucks.
Today, the road is still used by logging companies to transport locally harvested wood.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
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 Destination Katahdin! (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. Four photographs at the bottom right of the marker contain the captions: “Prior to the construction of the road, the river was used to transport raw wood down to the mill, and log jams were common.”; “River drivers were hired to push logs down the river to the mill in Millinocket.”; “It took three years to clear and build the 96 mile long Golden Road through Maine’s North Woods.”; and “A 34-wheel rig believed to be one of the largest wood hauling trucks in the United States. It carried 62 cords and weighed 382,000 pounds. (Golden Road | March 5th, 1980).”
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.