Katahdin Additions and Corrections

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Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Jun 2, 2005 2:09 pm - Hasn't voted

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Great idea nartreb! Thanks for the suggestion and info. I will try to do this sometime soon as I think it would help out. Thanks,

Brian

desainme

desainme - Jul 22, 2003 9:09 pm - Voted 10/10

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John Gyles, who at about 9 in 1689, was captured at Falmouth Maine by native Americans. In his Odd Adventures he writes: I have heard an Indian say that he lived by the river(Penobscot), at the foot of the Teddon (Katahdin), the top of which he could see through the hole of his wigwam left for the smoke to pass out. He was tempted to travel to it and accordingly set out on a summer morning and labored hard in ascending the hill all day, and the top seemed as distant from the place where he lodged at night as from his wigwam, where he began his journey. He now concluded the spirits were there, and never dared to make a second attempt. He also notes that the White Hills above the Penobscot (Teddon) are considered higher than the White Hills above the Saco (Agiockochook)(Mt. Washington) by the Indians.



Katahdin(Catardin) had its first recorded climb on August 2-3, 1804 by the Surveyor Charles Turner Junior who reached the summit late in the afternoon after climbing the Hunt Spur.



A climb in 1819 records the Abol Slide, the Avalanche having happened in the 18th Century.



In 1845, Keep crossed the Knife Edge



Thoreau made his well known climb in about 1846 in which he refers to Ktaadn as a cloud factory and compares the lakes to a broken mirror on the green sward of the then unbroken forest. Thoreau probably ascended directly toward the South Peak from the southwest.



By 1931, James Percival Baxter started buying the mountain and surrounding territory to form Baxter State Park currently at about 204,000 acres.

nartreb

nartreb - Jun 1, 2005 4:27 pm - Voted 10/10

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(EDIT: suggestions largely rendered moot by new features in SPv2)

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Jun 2, 2005 2:09 pm - Hasn't voted

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Great idea nartreb! Thanks for the suggestion and info. I will try to do this sometime soon as I think it would help out. Thanks,

Brian

osatrik

osatrik - Jul 11, 2009 5:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Official Name is Mount Katahdin

Lots of mountains in the country have Native American names, such as Katahdin. The official name for this peak, as recognized by the US Board of Geographic Names in 1893, is Mount Katahdin. A plethora of names were used to identify the mountain, and the summit of the mountain is officially recognized as Baxter Peak.

nartreb

nartreb - Jul 11, 2009 7:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Official Name is Mount Katahdin

"Mount Katahdin" is redundant - like "Sierra Nevada Range". The USGS can put what it likes on its maps, but everybody who knows this mountain (starting with the landowners, i.e. the state of Maine and its state park authority, and including DeLorme, widely regarded as maker of the best maps of the Maine woods) calls it "Katahdin".

The works of man are short-lived. Monuments decay, buildings crumble and wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in its massive grandeur will forever remain the mountain of the people of Maine. Throughout the ages it will stand as an inspiration to the men and women of the state. --Percival P. Baxter (for whom the highest peak was named)

Zerofence

Zerofence - Oct 18, 2014 8:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Update to price

Now charging $14 at the gate.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Oct 23, 2014 8:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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Thanks, I actually had that on the page unless you are talking about something else?

Brian

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