Historic Map - Monson, ME - 1889

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View of Monson, Maine, 1889, Published by George E. Norris.

The “Gateway to the Moosehead Lake Region” is the first (or last, depending on which way you are going) town on the Appalachian Trail. Founded in 1822, the town became well known for its production of slate, which was discovered in 1870 by a Welch settler who recognized the valuable material while traveling by horseback in the countryside. Numerous slate quarries were developed and the Monson Railroad was completed in 1883, to transport slate to markets. This map captures the town during the peak of slate production, which declined after World War I, with several quarries referenced on the map.

The following article from the “Bangor Daily Whig and Courier” details a Memorial Day observance in Monson that was held the same year that this map was published, dated June 3, 1889:

 “At 1 o’clock p.m., a procession headed by the Monson Cornet Band, and composed of Gerry Post, No. 3, Gerry Relief Corps, and a large number of the daughters of veterans, dressed in white and carrying flowers, followed by a long line of citizens in carriages, and on foot, marched to the new cemetery, and decorated the soldiers’ graves. Appropriate services were held. They then marched to the old cemetery and decorated the graves there, holding similar services.
  They then proceeded to Tarr’s Hall which had been elaborately and beautifully adorned with flowers and evergreens by the ladies of the Relief Corps. The hall was packed full of people, as large delegations were present from Greenville, and other surrounding towns. The services there were as follows: Music by the Band, prayer by Rev. Charles Davison, of Greenville; vocal music; reading of Roll of Honor, Capt. S. S. Cole; music by the Band; oration by J. F. Sprague, Esq., of Monson; vocal music; remarks by A. F. Jackson, member of Gerry Post; music by the Band; benediction by Rev. Mr. West, of Gullford. Rev. H. W. Emerson, of Monson, also participated in the services during the day. It was by far the largest attendance ever seen at a memorial in this town.”

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

• Monson Maine Slate Co.
• Office.
• Oakland Quarry.
• Forest Quarry.
• Monson Pond Quarry.
• Kineo Quarry.
• Pine Tree Quarry.
• Eastern Quarry.
• Hebron Pond Quarry.
• Lake Hebron Hotel, M. M. Slate Co., Proprietors.
• Monson Maine Slate Co.’s Houses.
• Storehouse.
• Monson Academy.
• Schools.
• Town Hall.
• Congregational Church.
• Baptist Church.
• Post Office.
• R. R. Station.
• Camp Comfort.
• Mt. Russell.
• Bald Mountain Range.
• Homer Hill.
• Buck’s Hill.
• Squaw Mts.
• Burnt Jacket Mt.
• Barren Mts.
• Boar Mt.
• Mt. Rochelle.
• Lilly Bay Mts.
• Spencer Bay Mts.
• Mt. Baker.
• Mt. Houston.
• Monson Pond.
• C. S. Pullen & Co., Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Etc.
• C. W. Folsom, Drugs, Stationery and Fancy Goods.
• A. T. Jackson, General Merchandise.
• H. T. Boynton, Stoves and Tinware.
• C. E. Sawyer, Dentist.
• N. T. Phillips, Lumber Mill.
• A. Gray, Lumber and Grist Mills.
• J. F. Sprague, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Notary Public.
• A. W. Chapin, Real Estate.
• Cushman’s Grove.


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