Item #7854 Rangeley Lakes Resorts.
Rangeley Lakes Resorts.
Rangeley Lakes Resorts.
Rangeley Lakes Resorts.
Rangeley Lakes Resorts.
Rangeley Lakes Resorts.

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Rangeley Lakes Resorts.

Portland, Maine: Portland & Rumford Falls Railway, 1903. 12mo (7.25” x 4.25”), printed gray wrappers. 30 pp., 3 maps (the first 5” x 2.625”, the second 2.125” x 3”, the last, tipped onto back wrapper, folding out to 12.125” x 12” plus margins), numerous b&w illus. CONDITION: Very good, minor dampstaining to lower spine, slightly affecting some inner margins.

A scarce guide to resorts and recreation opportunities around Maine’s Rangeley Lakes, published during the region’s golden age of sporting tourism.

This booklet, apparently the third edition published by the Portland and Rumford Falls Railway, provides an overview of accommodations and recreation around the Rangeley Lakes, as well as transportation to and within the region. Readers are assured that “‘Old Timers’ who have fished the waters annually for a score or more of years do not hesitate to say that the supply of fish is better to-day than ever before,” thanks to “the careful propagation of spawn in the hatcheries in addition to the natural increase of the fish in the lakes.” Descriptions and illustrations of camps, hotels, stage routes, and places of interest are followed by several tables with details on “Steamer and Stage Connections,” “Return Ticket rates from Portland and Boston via the Rumford Falls Line,” and accommodation rates.

The first map, of the “Portland and Rumford Falls Railway and Connections,” shows the line’s route from Portland, at the lower edge, to Kennebago Lake, with Lake Megantic, serviced by the Canadian Pacific Railway, at the top. A second, smaller map shows “The Shortest and Quickest Route to Rangeley, via South Rangeley and steam-boat.” The fold-out map, tipped onto the inside of the back wrapper, is copyrighted 1902 by R. C. Bradford and provides a more detailed overview of “The Rangeley Lakes Territory.” The Rumford Falls line stretches vertically through its center, with the East Branch of the Swift River (just south of Houghton) at the lower edge and Treats Camp, on the northern shore of Cupsuptic Lake, at the upper. Oxford Club Camp and Sunday Pond are at the far left, and Sandy Pond, just east of Long Pond, is at the far right.

The Portland & Rumford Falls Railway was founded by Maine business and industrial giant Hugh Chisolm in 1890, as a reorganization of the Rumford Falls and Buckfield Railroad (chartered in 1847). The Railway was established in 1894 as a subsidiary, and the line is advertised here as “the only all rail standard gauge route, direct to the heart of the Rangeley Lakes.” Besides opening the region to tourism and recreation, the line was intended to connect the forests of the Rangeley Lakes region to Chisolm’s paper mills at Rumford Falls. Chisolm also established an iron foundry at Livermore Falls and co-founded International Paper, which in 1898 became the world’s largest paper company.

No copies in OCLC. Similar volumes published by the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway (with a few title variations) are listed for 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905, and 1907, each with fewer than five holdings.

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