Title: Take a Hike Through History With New Local Book
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail from local author David B. Field. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images primarily from the MATC archives, Maine State Library, and the author's personal files.
Maine native Myron H. Avery recruited friends from Washington, D.C.; Maine forest and warden service personnel; guides and sporting camp operators; and the Civilian Conservation Corps to extend the Appalachian Trail through Maine, despite questions of whether it would be possible to carve a trail through the state's wildlands. Volunteers of Maine's Appalachian Trail Club, created by Avery in 1935, have since maintained the trail, built shelters, relocated more than half of the original hastily constructed route, and taken on the task of managing the trail's protection corridor.
Along Maine's Appalachian Trail illustrates the rich history of the trail's rugged mountains and vast forests, which have provided a livelihood for generations of workers and communities.
Highlights of Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail:
• This book tells how the Appalachian Trail in Maine was planned, scouted, blazed, and built from 1932-1937, including completion of the last two miles of the entire A.T. by young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps near Sugarloaf Mt. on 14 August, 1937.
• Maine's Appalachian Trail passes through a rich historical landscape of aboriginal place names, logging, early settlements, traditional hunting/fishing "sporting" camps, pioneer railroads, forest fire watch towers, and even slate quarries.
• This the story not only of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, but also the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, whose volunteers relocated 2/3 of the original trail from 1970-1990 and which is now entering its 76th year of caring for the A.T. and its protective corridor lands.
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Title: Retired UM professor takes readers along Appalachian Trail
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: Sun Journal
David B. Field, a retired University of Maine professor of forest resources, has written a book about Maine's Appalachian Trail, a part of the state he knows very well.
He should after maintaining six miles of the scenic trail for 54 years and serving as an officer of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and on the board of managers of the Appalachian Trail Conference.
The Appalachian Trail was extended through Maine, thanks to Maine native Myron H. Avery who brought together friends from Washington, D.C., personnel with the Maine forest and warden servic, guides and sporting camp operators and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This happened, despite questions of whether it would be possible to carve a trail through the state’s wildlands.
Volunteers of Maine’s Appalachian Trail Club, created by Avery in 1935, have since maintained the trail, built shelters, relocated more than half of the original hastily constructed route and taken on the task of managing the trail’s protection corridor.
"Images of America: Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail" illustrates the rich history of the trail’s rugged mountains and vast forests. Black-and-white images in the book come primarily from the MATC archives, the Maine State Library and the author’s personal files.
The 126-page book published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., sells for $21.99.