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Along Old Canada Road

Along Old Canada Road


James E. Benson



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Arcadia Publishing

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Along Old Canada Road

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Beginning in the town of Solon, Old Canada Road winds for nearly 80 miles through the Upper Kennebec and Dead River Valleys before ending at the Canadian border. Following ancient aboriginal trails and early trade routes to Quebec City, Old Canada Road was traveled by Benedict Arnold and his army of 1,100 men in their failed 1775 quest to capture Quebec. By the mid-19th century the small villages along the route grew as the immigration of French Canadians blossomed and logging became a major industry in the region. This pristine wilderness also became a sportsmanís paradise, attracting wealthy families from Boston, New York, and beyond. Today the Forks and West Forks cater to a new breed of sport as the center of white-water rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The region is a major hub for snowmobiling, hunting, and hiking throughout the year.

Author Bio: Author and historian James E. Benson has been a visitor and seasonal resident of the region for over 40 years. Drawing on an extensive personal postcard collection, as well as contributions from local residents and organizations, he presents a look back at a rugged and simple life along Old Canada Road.

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