The Coast Walk Project

Addenda: Completely irrelevant 19th-century newspaper stories

You guys know I do a lot of research for this project, right? I stumble across an overwhelming number of fascinating articles and photos that have nothing to do with the coast of MDI, and usually I just put them to one side and try to stay on topic, which right now would be the stretch between Seal Harbor and Bracy Cove. I’m working on it, really I am: I spent some quality time with the archives of the Northeast Harbor Library, and found all kinds of relevant stuff. I just could not resist sharing these gems from the newspaper archives with you.

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Sept.2, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Sept.2, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, July 21, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, July 21, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

 

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Maine, Friday, August 26, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Maine, Friday, August 26, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

 

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, August 25, 1898. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, August 25, 1898. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

 

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Maine, Friday, August 26, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Maine, Friday, August 26, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

 

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, June 16, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, June 16, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

 

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, July 21, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, July 21, 1897. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

 

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Sept.2, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

The Island Herald, Northeast Harbor, Sept.2, 1904. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

And this one sent Hannah Stevens (the library’s archivist) and myself off on a hunt to find the lost island town of Center:

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, August 25, 1898. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

The Island Breeze, Southwest Harbor, August 25, 1898. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library Archives.

Which we eventually found on an enormous, hand-drawn map dated 1887:

Hand-drawn "Map of Mount Desert Island," Colby & Stuart, 1887. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

Hand-drawn “Map of Mount Desert Island,” Colby & Stuart, 1887. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

Center even had its own post office! Clearly I’ll be investigating this when I reach the Seal Cove area.

Hand-drawn "Map of Mount Desert Island," Colby & Stuart, 1887. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

Hand-drawn “Map of Mount Desert Island,” Colby & Stuart, 1887. Image courtesy of the Northeast Harbor Library

This map, by the way, is about 6′ tall and filled with this kind of insane detail for the entire island. I spent a long time staring at it, and you’ll be seeing details of it in pretty much every post for the rest of my life this project.

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