“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Aroostook County, Maine

Clickable Map of Aroostook County, Maine and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Aroostook County, ME (25) Penobscot County, ME (41) Piscataquis County, ME (4) Somerset County, ME (3) Washington County, ME (66)  AroostookCounty(25) Aroostook County (25)  PenobscotCounty(41) Penobscot County (41)  PiscataquisCounty(4) Piscataquis County (4)  SomersetCounty(3) Somerset County (3)  WashingtonCounty(66) Washington County (66)
Houlton is the county seat for Aroostook County
Adjacent to Aroostook County, Maine
      Penobscot County (41)  
      Piscataquis County (4)  
      Somerset County (3)  
      Washington County (66)  
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1 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — Allagash and St. John RiversNorthern Forest Canoe Trail
English: Wabanaki Native Americans were this area's original inhabitants, hunting, gathering and traveling along these waterways. In the 1780's, the Upper St. John Valley began to be settled by French-Canadians and Acadians. By . . . Map (db m148193) HM
2 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — America's First MileU.S. Route 1 • Fort Kent, Maine
(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 . . . Map (db m137375) HM
3 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — Fort Kent
Fort Kent has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses National significance in commemorating the history of the United States.Map (db m2088) HM
4 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — One People in Two Countries / Une Vallée sans frontière
English: To St. John Valley residents, the river was never a dividing boundary. In 1842, distant governments finally agreed to divide the U.S. and Canada along the St. John River. Generations before, Acadians had settled the . . . Map (db m148168) HM
5 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — Rail Fuels Growth, Cultural ChangeLe chemin de fer contribue à la croissance économique et aux changements culturels
English: 1902: The arrival of the Bangor and Aroostook in Fort Kent marked a time of rapid economic growth. Potatoes, hay, lumber, and people were able to move efficiently south. Now, this remote French-speaking Valley with . . . Map (db m148188) HM
6 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — The Aroostook War
The Aroostook War was an undeclared, bloodless “war” that occurred in 1839. The peace treaty that ended the American Revolution in 1783 had not satisfactorily determined the boundary between New Brunswick and what is now Maine. The . . . Map (db m102463) HM
7 Maine, Aroostook County, Fort Kent — When "going across" Was Like Crossing the StreetLorsque « changer de pays » était comme traverser la rue
English: Before bridges, railways, and paved roads, the St. John River unified communities, culture, and commerce across the entire Valley — north and south. The genealogical roots of many Valley families cross the river . . . Map (db m148184) HM
8 Maine, Aroostook County, Frenchville — "Smuggling is Not a Sin" / « La contrebande n'est pas-un péché! »
English: —Local storytellers continue, “it was a crime but not a sin.” Of course, since lying is a sin, “Do not get caught!” Some priests may not have believed that your grandmother taking . . . Map (db m148075) HM
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9 Maine, Aroostook County, Frenchville — Farming Then & Now / L'agriculture d'hier à aujourd'hui
English: Acadian settlers claimed fertile lands along the river first, raising oats, wheat, and buckwheat, then potatoes. Savvy farmers fertilized with manure and rotated crops with pastureland. By 1905 railroads make it . . . Map (db m148074) HM
10 Maine, Aroostook County, Frenchville — Frenchville Railroad Station & Water TankNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m148026) HM
11 Maine, Aroostook County, Frenchville — La paroisse de Ste. Luce 150e anniversaireThe Parish of St. Luce 150th Anniversary — 1843-1993 —
1843 — 1993 Hommages aux pionniers Français qui ont eu le courage d’établir la paroisse Ste. Luce. In tribute to the French pioneers who had the courage to establish the Parish of St. Luce. Upper Frenchville, Maine Ste. Luce Parish . . . Map (db m148299) HM
12 Maine, Aroostook County, Frenchville — The "Potato Road" / La route «des patates »
English: Did you know? Water towers were once a common sight along rail tracks. Frenchville’s 55,000 gallon 1910 water tower is one of the last remaining in the U.S. Coal heat kept it from freezing. When diesel engines . . . Map (db m148076) HM
13 Maine, Aroostook County, Littleton — Watson Settlement BridgeMaine Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
Oldest surviving example of a Howe truss system used in a Maine covered bridge. Built in 1911 — Designated on January 17, 2002Map (db m198635) HM
14 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — "Making Do" / Tout faire avec rien
English: ”Making do” with creativity: French-Acadian inventiveness, ingenuity, & lapatente Here in the Valley, a person who can make or fix just about anything is called le patenteux in the local . . . Map (db m148296) HM
15 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Acadian Heroine: Tante Blanche / Tante Blanche : Héroïne acadienne
English: Two years of flooding, early frosts, and harsh winters forced many settlers to flee in the winter of 1797. While the remaining men were away hunting, an eight day storm descended. Tante Blanche strapped on snowshoes and . . . Map (db m148300) HM
16 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Acadian Landing SiteAcadian Cross Historic Shrine — National Register of Historic Places —
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m148200) HM
17 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Discover Traces of Acadian ArchitectureDécouvrez les traces de l'architecture acadienne
English: Hidden solid timber homes. Bricks disguise the timber structure of the house across the field, built using a practice once common here called "piece on piece" [above]. This method used square-hewn horizontal timbers . . . Map (db m148298) HM
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18 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Du Premier Débarquement des Acadiens àu MadawaskaThe first landing of the Acadians in Madawaska — juin 1785 —
Plaque commémorative du premier débarquement des Acadiens àu Madawaska, en juin 1785. Hommages de Leurs Descendants. 15 Août 1934. English (Google translate): Commemorative plaque of the first landing of the Acadians in Madawaska . . . Map (db m148295) HM
19 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Genealogy, Massive French & Acadian Family ReunionsLa généalogie. Ces grands rassemblements de familles acadiennes et françaises
English: Genealogy, massive French & Acadian family reunions link past and future While some Americans proudly trace their roots to the Mayflower, here Valley roots lead back to 1785 and the first 17 Acadian families. . . . Map (db m148199) HM
20 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Saint David Catholic ChurchNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m147986) HM
21 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Territoire de Madawaska
English: —Acadians settling where faith, farms, and family could grow— British encourage the settlement of the Madawaska Territory. The British — having lost many American colonies in 1783 — wanted . . . Map (db m148194) HM
22 Maine, Aroostook County, Madawaska — Who is a patenteux? / Patenteux ou pas ?
English: Renowned carver Aurelle Collin's handmade crooked knives employ used razor blades. “You see, he had a neighbor who had a barber shop — so he would use his old razor blades to make his knives. Pretty . . . Map (db m148297) HM
23 Maine, Aroostook County, Orient — Orient Veterans Memorial
Blake Bartlett • Brent Bartlett • Donald Brown Leroy Brown • Lynwood Brown • William Brown Michael Carr • Darrell Colson • Bliss Deering Hazen Deering • Ellis Dwyer • Virgil Dwyer Babb Elliot • Gary D. Faulkner Sr. • Melony Faulkner Dale . . . Map (db m125163) WM
24 Maine, Aroostook County, Presque Isle — Maine Solar System ModelScale: 1:93,000,000
You are part of Northern Maine’s Aroostook County 40-mile long scale model of the Solar System. At this scale, one mile along U.S. Route 1 equals the distance from the Earth to the Sun, known as an “astronomical unit”. The Sun is located . . . Map (db m58942) HM
25 Maine, Aroostook County, Winterville — The Aroostook and Fish River Roads
The northern portion of present-day Route 11 from Sherman to Fort Kent was planned and constructed in many stages from 1826 to the 1850s. This stretch of road includes two historical routes: the Aroostook Road, which ran 75 miles from Molunkus . . . Map (db m102464) HM
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Dec. 4, 2023