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Fort Kent in Aroostook County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

America's First Mile

 
 
America's First Mile Marker (<i>right-side panel</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2019
1. America's First Mile Marker (right-side panel)
Inscription.  
(right panel)
This site denotes the first mile of U. S. Route 1, designated on November 11, 1926. The first mile extends from the Fort Kent, Maine / Clair, New Brunswick international border to the Dube House - built in 1840, one of the oldest homes still standing in Fort Kent. Traveling south on Route 1 will continue your scenic journey through the St. John Valley, Aroostook County and on to the coastal regions of Maine and beyond. Historic U.S. Route 1 offers breathtaking views and a variety of cultures and experiences.

(left panel)
This site marks the beginning of U.S. Route 1 which ends in Key West, Florida.
2,446 Original Miles

U.S. Route 1 is the easternmost route of the main north-south United States Highway System.
 
Location. 47° 14.922′ N, 68° 36.131′ W. Marker is in Fort Kent, Maine, in Aroostook County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 1) and Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Marker is located in an interpretive
America's First Mile Marker (<i>left-side panel</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2019
2. America's First Mile Marker (left-side panel)
plaza at the northern terminus of US Highway 1, on the south side of the Saint John River and the east side of the Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 341 West Main Street, Fort Kent ME 04743, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Aroostook War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Kent (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Route 1 (Wikipedia). U.S. Route 1 is a major north–south U.S. Highway that serves the East Coast of the United States. It runs 2,369 miles from Key West, Florida north to Fort Kent, Maine, at the Canada–US border, making it the longest north–south road in the United States. (Submitted on August 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. A brief History of US Route 1. The direct predecessor to US 1 was the Atlantic Highway, an auto trail established in 1911 as the Quebec-Miami International Highway. In 1915 it was renamed the Atlantic Highway, and the northern terminus was changed to Calais, Maine. When the New England road marking system was established in 1922, the Atlantic Highway within New England was signed as Route 1. One of the many changes made to the system before the final numbering was adopted in 1926 involved US 1 in Maine. In the system as adopted in 1926, US 2 instead took the inland
America's First Mile Marker (<i>wide view looking north from US Highway 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2019
3. America's First Mile Marker (wide view looking north from US Highway 1)
Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge (to Canada) visible in background.
Flags (from left to right): United States, Canada, Maine, and Acadian.
route, while US 1 followed the coast then west in Maine to Fort Kent. (Submitted on August 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Jean-Baptiste Daigle House (Wikipedia). The Jean-Baptiste Daigle House is a rare surviving example of an Acadian log house, and the only one known to be near its original location. It is now covered by weatherboard siding, obscuring its log structure. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, #13000833. (Submitted on August 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Daigle Dube House (<i>one mile east of marker on U.S. Hwy 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2019
4. Daigle Dube House (one mile east of marker on U.S. Hwy 1)
Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge<br>(<i>view northwest from berm behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2019
5. Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge
(view northwest from berm behind marker)
St. John River and Clair, New Brunswick, Canada in background
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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