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Millinocket in Penobscot County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Destination Katahdin!

Thoreau, Roosevelt and you

 
 
Destination Katahdin! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2019
1. Destination Katahdin! Marker
Inscription.  
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
Destination Katahdin! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2019
2. Destination Katahdin! Marker
on the doorstep of wilderness.

For more information on the history of this area, please visit the Historical Societies along this scenic byway.

 
Erected 2019.
 
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.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Marker in Millinocket image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2019
3. Marker in Millinocket
There are several markers at this site. The Destination Katahdin! marker is seen here on the right.
Mount Katahdin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2019
4. Mount Katahdin
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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