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The Maine Highlands has deep, cultural roots. Logging and forestry were the first main industries to shape our region, and they are still an important part of The Maine Highlands way of life today.

Logging began in Maine the early 1600s and spread to the North Woods. In the mid-1700s, many of the large trees in our region were used as masts English naval ships. By the mid-1800s, Bangor had become the logging capital of the world. Between 1830 and 1890, 9.7 trillion board feet of timber was moved through Bangor. Logs from the great North Woods were felled by hand and sent down the Penobscot River to Bangor. The wood was then shipped to points south.

Two museums in our area commemorate our logging and forestry history: The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley and the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum.

Our region is home to several historic sites, including the steamboat Katahdin, Thomas Hill Standpipe, and Katahdin Iron Works. Historical societies and museums featuring modern art, transportation, aviation and Native American history are highlights of our region. Musical and theatrical performance can be found on our stages large and small. Take a historic (or haunted) walking tour and take part in our many annual festivals.

Come learn, discover, and explore!


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