Prior To 1820

Prior to 1820, Maine was part of Massachusetts. Access was by river systems with the main rivers flowing south. The main pathways to northern Maine were:

  • Travel up the St John River
  • Travel up the Penobscot River taking the East Branch toward Staceyville, or taking the West Branch to portages leading to the Allagash and Aroostook Rivers.
  • Travel up the Kennebec River to Moosehead Lake going across Northeast Carry to the West Branch of the Penobscot River, then portage to the Aroostook River or Allagash River
  • Travel from the St Lawrence River to Temisquata Lake then down to the St John River

Check out later reports by Deane & Kavanagh and Ezekial Holmes on their trips to northern Maine.