Kittery to Bar Harbor, Maine (Images of America Series)

Kittery to Bar Harbor, Maine (Images of America Series)

by Erika J. Waters
     
 


Maine's more than 3,000 miles of rocky coastline, picturesque islands, sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, and quintessential New England harbors have lured visitors since the middle of the 19th century. Steamships first transported sportsmen and "rusticators" along the coast. Soon summer colonies formed, and art schools flourished. Expanding train travel led to…  See more details below

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Maine's more than 3,000 miles of rocky coastline, picturesque islands, sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, and quintessential New England harbors have lured visitors since the middle of the 19th century. Steamships first transported sportsmen and "rusticators" along the coast. Soon summer colonies formed, and art schools flourished. Expanding train travel led to the development of seaside resorts with grand hotels, while America's wealthiest families built opulent summer "cottages" in exclusive enclaves. Yachts became common sights along the coast and cruising grew in popularity. With the 20th century came the automobile and the development of the highway system, including Route 1, which encouraged road trips. The history of touring the Maine coast between 1860 and 1960 offers fascinating insight into the history of Maine, tourism, and America itself.

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First, a geography lesson: Atlantic seacoast town Kittery is "the Gateway to Maine," the southernmost point in the Pine Tree State. Bar Harbor, approximately 150 miles northeast, is an island town that, like Kittery, has become a major summer tourist magnet. Kittery to Bar Harbor documents the development of the state's tourism, from Gilded Age seaside resorts and hunters' lodges to more recent weekend road warriors. (Hand-selling tip: This Images of American number covers the years 1860 to 1960.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738572819
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,129,852
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Erika J. Waters, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. She has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, was founding editor of The Caribbean Writer, and has edited collections of poetry, criticism, drama, and fiction. Her research on early writers was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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