The Old Orchard

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From Pine Point in the north to Goosefare Brook in the south, Old Orchard boasts miles of marvelous sandy beaches. For hundreds of years, this well-loved stretch of coastline was home to Native Americans and a few hardy settlers, undisturbed by the chaos and cacophony of modern life. With the coming of the railroad in 1874 this serene place exploded into life. The boom in tourism brought hundreds and then thousands of pleasure-seekers every week to the Old Orchard. They came to relax in the opulent surroundings of the elegant hotels, to stroll hand in hand along the pier with their sweethearts, and to feel the thrill of the wind in their hair as they rode the rollercoaster. Some came to dance to the Big Band sound of Glen Miller and Benny Goodman; some came to ride on the Dummy Railroad; others arrived to take airplane flights over the beach, or to watch automobile races in the sand.
ISBN: 9780738512631
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This wonderful selection of old photographs includes images of the famous and the wealthy, such as Charles Lindbergh and Rudy Vallee, and of the exciting summertime events that kept visitors coming back year after year. But, possibly more importantly, it also gives an intimate glimpse into the lives of Old Orchard's ordinary people as they played out their lives through the seasons of each passing year. The Old Orchard shows all of us–residents and tourists alike–how much, and yet how little, has changed over the past century.
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