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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Islands of Maine

    Great Diamond Island




    • During low tide, Great Diamond and Little Diamond Island are connected by a land bridge.

    • The island was known as 'Great Hog Island' during colonial times.

    • Great Diamond Island is the only island in Casco Bay with two different ferry docks.

    • Two of Maine's most endangered historic buildings are located on the island, both from the former fort: One is a 200-man barracks facility and the other is the former hospital.

    • The recreation center in Diamond Cove contains a Duckpin bowling alley, the only Duckpin bowling in the state of Maine


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    Bailey Island



    The first settler of the island, William Black, aka Black Will, a freed slave from Kittery, Maine, took possession of the island in 1727 after spending many years of his life there. Because of this, the island became known as Will's Island.

    In 1742, Reverend Timothy Bailey may have bought Will's Island for one pound of tobacco and a gallon of rum from William Black. Another variation of this history is that the minister's wife liked the island and the Baileys bribed municipal officials to find some flaw in Will's title and award the island to them. In any event, after Timothy Bailey and his wife took possession of the island, William Black left to live on Orr's Island. From then on, the island was known as Bailey Island.

    The Bailey Island Bridge, which spans Will's Gut and connects Bailey Island to Orr's Island, was completed in 1928. Will's Gut is the only geographical feature that still bears the name of the original non-native inhabitant of Bailey Island.

    One popular rumor that has persisted for at least the last half century is that the bridge from Orr's Island to Bailey Island was one of two granite cribstone bridges, ever built in the world, and that the other one in Scotland[citation needed], collapsed shortly after construction. In fact, it appears to be the only such bridge ever constructed. The unique construction of the bridge permits the substantial tides of that area to flow freely through it, greatly reducing the effect that flow would otherwise have on boats transiting its narrow channel opening.

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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Baker Island



    The island is not inhabited year round. There are only three property owners on the island, two of which are private residences, with the balance of the island (well over 75% of the total land) belonging to the National Park Service.

    Baker Island Light sits in the center of the island. The station began in 1828 on the order of John Quincy Adams to warn of the shoals around the Cranberry Isles and the sand bar running between Baker Island and Little Cranberry Island.


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    I still want to move to Maine. Unfortunately, I can't even afford to visit.

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    Little Cranberry Island



    Home to approximately 75 people year round




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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    I still want to move to Maine. Unfortunately, I can't even afford to visit.
    Yes you can.

    For rent, on Little Cranberry Island


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    I grew up there... and, at least as of now, am planning on retiring there when I get out of the military.
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    Sugar Island



    Sugar Island is an island located in Maine's Moosehead Lake. It is roughly four miles long and two miles wide (at its widest/longest points). Sugar Island is Moosehead Lake's largest island.

    Sugar Island is mainly accessed through Lily Bay State Park, and takes about five minutes from the state park by boat. There is a fee at the state park of three dollars. There are two resident camps on Sugar Island on the South side which have been frequented by three generations of family members and friends year after year. In the year 2000 census, the families were not there however, so the population is officially 0.


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    Cow Island




    Cow Island is a 26-acre (11 ha) island in Casco Bay, Maine off Great Diamond Island, about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Portland. A non-profit youth development organization called Rippleffect owns the island and has the responsibility to protect the island's natural ecosystem as well as the island's public access. The west side of the island is public land, and allows camping. The other side is privately reserved for Rippleffect programs.
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    Malaga Island




    Malaga Island is a 41-acre island at the mouth of the New Meadows River in Casco Bay, Maine. It was the site of an interracial community from the Civil War until 1911, when the residents were forcibly evicted from the island.


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    African Americans, born free in Maine, had lived in the Casco Bay area for decades prior to the American Civil War. During the war, a group of people of various ethnic descents settled on Malaga Island, just one hundred yards off the coast in eastern Casco Bay. The people lived a subsistence-level existence by fishing, lobstering and farming.

    It is rumored that a freed slave, Benjamin Darling, took up settlement on the island after his master, Captain Darling (of dubious possible relationship), gave Ben his freedom. Ben worked for the Captain in his shipping business. One voyage, the Captain had a load of timber from Malaga, Spain, The ship wrecked, and supposedly Ben saved the captain's life, in return, the Captain granted Ben his freedom. Ben purchased and named the present day Malaga Island in memory of the voyage which granted him his freedom.

    The Casco Bay Breeze and other newspapers nosed around in the 1890’s, then printed stories about a "degenerate colony," whose indiscretions included use of tobacco and of tea. The towns of Phippsburg and Harpswell fought to not take jurisdiction over the settlement, and in 1905 the State of Maine took responsibility for this poor island community that nobody wanted. The State built a school and furnished a schoolteacher and began focusing its attention on the unorthodox community.

    While some authorities saw improvement in the island, Governor Frederick W. Plaisted saw blight on his State’s reputation. His ranting and threats caused a few Malaga Islanders to float their houses and their lives to the nearby mainland, where their descendants have blended in. In 1912, the Governor went to Malaga at the head of a clean-up party, consisting of members of his Council. They evicted the remaining families, dug up the graves, and took the living and the dead to the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded in Pownal. Then the governor and his party torched the community’s buildings.

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    Great Cranberry Island




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    I work on an island in Maine.
    Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?

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    I love Maine. I would move there in a heartbeat. Thanks for posting the great pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritehsedad View Post
    I work on an island in Maine.
    Which one? Tell us about it.

    We're looking for a place to hide.

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    You probably can't get here from there. Seavey Island.
    Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?

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    I hope to visit Maine someday...but not the coast. I want to hike the AT all the way to the top of Katahdin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    I love Maine. I would move there in a heartbeat. Thanks for posting the great pics
    welcome,.... unfortunately have another 25 islands to document


    Quote Originally Posted by Ritehsedad View Post
    You probably can't get here from there. Seavey Island.
    One of the things that makes the islands so appealing,......

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    this thread needs more cheeky ground squirrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    I hope to visit Maine someday...but not the coast. I want to hike the AT all the way to the top of Katahdin.
    Meet you at Springer Mtn whenever you're ready.....

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    this thread needs more cheeky ground squirrel.
    yes, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    Isle au Haut is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    I hope to visit Maine someday...but not the coast. I want to hike the AT all the way to the top of Katahdin.
    Consider hiking it in sections.

    My favorite trip in Baxter Park was a loop. Park at Roaring Brook, hike to either Russel Pond or Little Wasataqouic. Russel is a nice campground with a number shelters.
    We have stayed there several times, there is a nearby field and the stargazing is something we did there for hours. Little Wasataqouic is a cabin the size of a 2 man tent on a tiny island in a small beautiful glacial pond. They only allow one group there at a time, it's pretty, it's secluded.

    We go up the backside of the mountain from there to the Davis Pond shelter. Another site that is one party at a time. From there you go up to the col, you can drop your pack and do the summit if you want. And then head down to Basin Pond.
    The following day takes you back to Roaring Brook.

    It's a lovely vacation, I wish I could still do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    Consider hiking it in sections.

    My favorite trip in Baxter Park was a loop. Park at Roaring Brook, hike to either Russel Pond or Little Wasataqouic. Russel is a nice campground with a number shelters.
    We have stayed there several times, there is a nearby field and the stargazing is something we did there for hours. Little Wasataqouic is a cabin the size of a 2 man tent on a tiny island in a small beautiful glacial pond. They only allow one group there at a time, it's pretty, it's secluded.

    We go up the backside of the mountain from there to the Davis Pond shelter. Another site that is one party at a time. From there you go up to the col, you can drop your pack and do the summit if you want. And then head down to Basin Pond.
    The following day takes you back to Roaring Brook.

    It's a lovely vacation, I wish I could still do it.

    I've been planning this for a long time. Once the kid graduates college, I shall attempt it. What I'm most concerned about is, there's a chance me and the family will be moving to Fl by next year. There are no hills in FL. How exactly will I get in good enough shape to nail out 12-15 mile days on the AT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick View Post
    Yes you can.

    For rent, on Little Cranberry Island

    Oh I'm not worried about the rent and/or property value. My concern is with the insanely high health insurance rates I've read about.

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