Fort Kent

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Fort Kent is located in northern Maine where the Fish River joins the St. John River. Joseph Nadeau, the first settler in Fort Kent, arrived in 1829. Acadian refugees from eastern Canada developed a farming community along the fertile river valleys, and within a short time other settlers from Canada and lower Maine came to make a new life. Fort Kent, remote from other populated areas, gradually developed into a thriving farming and lumbering community. An early pioneer, Maj. William Dickey was a strong advocate for the region and helped to establish the Madawaska Training School, a public school system, and improve roads. In 1902, the railroad connected to Fort Kent and provided needed freight and passenger services. As a border town, Fort Kent has enjoyed a colorful past, especially during the years of Prohibition, and a rich history that continues today.
ISBN: 9780738563831
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Images of America
Images: 166
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Laurel J. Daigle has lived, worked, and raised a family in Fort Kent and is the author of other local history volumes. Many of the historic photographs in Fort Kent were provided by the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine in Fort Kent and the Fort Kent Historical Society.
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