Kineo: the Grandest Most Picturesque Playground in All America; the site, also of America’s Largest Inland-Water Hotel.
Kineo: the Grandest Most Picturesque Playground in All America; the site, also of America’s Largest Inland-Water Hotel.
Kineo: the Grandest Most Picturesque Playground in All America; the site, also of America’s Largest Inland-Water Hotel.

Kineo: the Grandest Most Picturesque Playground in All America; the site, also of America’s Largest Inland-Water Hotel.

Kineo, Moosehead Lake:, Maine: Mount Kineo House, [c190?]. 8vo, light brown fibrous wrappers with pressed green title and border. [24 pp.], photos throughout, map on last page of Moosehead Lake and Vicinity with Connecting Rail and Steamship routes.

An appealing promotional brochure for a visit to a Maine north woods paradise during the age of the grand hotel.

“It almost seems as though nature had fashioned her thousands of other beauty spots throughout the world and made Kineo the climax of all of them.” (Kineo).

Once the largest hotel on any inland waterway in America, Mt Kineo House was situated on a peninsula with a bold promontory (comprised of flint, hence the Abenaki name Kineo), jutting out from the east side of Moosehead Lake. The location now contains the original golf course, staff dormitory, several original cottages, and the Old Oak Lodge constructed in 1912.

Begun as a tavern in 1844, the first Mt Kineo House was built in 1848 by Capt. Joshua Fogg but burned in 1868. The House succumbed to fire again in 1882 and was rebuilt in 1884 with the addition of the “Northwood Ho! “ golf course and club. Purchased by the Central Maine Railroad in 1911 and managed by the Ricker Hotel Co, by 1917 there were accommodations for 500 guests who could enjoy a view in each room, rely on a well-known New York staff physician, drink medicinal water, and experience daily music concerts. Rooms cost $4.00 a night in season and direct transportation from Boston with a splendid buffet parlor was offered for $15.00.

An attractive example of Kineo memorabilia.

CONDITION: Very good, light foxing and toning on upper cover.

REFERENCES: Mount Kineo, in Wikipedia; Harris, Brian. The New Mount Kineo House.

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