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A region as well as a river, the Allagash's vast watershed forms the center of the wild land that blankets northwestern Maine. Because of its remoteness, these half-million acres, once the hunting ground of the Abnaki, remain a woodsman's world. The history of the Allagash is filled with loggers, poachers, and inventors -- all seeking to conquer the wilderness. But there were also the naturalists like Henry David Thoreau, the game wardens, the guides, the mapmakers, and finally, the conservationists, who in 1966 ...
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Overview

A region as well as a river, the Allagash's vast watershed forms the center of the wild land that blankets northwestern Maine. Because of its remoteness, these half-million acres, once the hunting ground of the Abnaki, remain a woodsman's world. The history of the Allagash is filled with loggers, poachers, and inventors -- all seeking to conquer the wilderness. But there were also the naturalists like Henry David Thoreau, the game wardens, the guides, the mapmakers, and finally, the conservationists, who in 1966 created the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and gave Maine the honor of being the first state to preserve an entire river.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892725151
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1
1. The River 25
2. In the Beginning 29
3. Children of the Myths 33
4. The Strangers 39
5. The People of the White Rocks 51
Part 2
6. The Curtain Rises 59
7. Dreamer and Map Maker 67
8. White Pine and the North Woods 75
9. The River Is Home 85
10. The Royal Road 101
11. The Battle of the Ditch 113
12. The Bloodless War 125
13. Daylight in the Swamp 139
Part 3
14. Scientists and Sufferers 155
15. A Man to Remember 165
16. Boats, "Bullgines," and Stages 177
17. Romantics and Rusticators 191
18. Moosetowners, Squatters, and Horseboats 203
19. Wilderness Warden 221
20. King Spruce and Some Yankee Mechanics 235
21. The Long Road Back 251
Notes 257
Bibliography 265
Index 269
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