The photo you see in this postcard is of a curve in the little town of The Forks, Maine. I chose this card because it's a rather foggy image such as the prompt at Sepia Saturday this week. The card says it's the Quebec Road in 1918 but today it's know as US Route 201.
In the distance in both photos you can see a bridge. The original bridge was covered. It was replaced by a steel truss bridge when heavy logging trucks began running the roads. That bridge was damaged one night when a logging truck driver fell asleep on his way down the hill and ran in to it. The new bridge you see in the Google Earth photo is simply a steel I-beam and concrete deck bridge.
The rock ledge has been blasted back and a bad curve straightened perhaps keeping faster and heavier traffic from slipping into the swift waters of the Kennebec.
|Photo: Google Earth Street View|
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The Forks is so named because it is situated at the confluence of two great Maine rivers; the Dead, and the Kennebec. Because of it's location it's been a way point for weary travellers, on the road to Quebec City, and for weary loggers that once swept logs down these waterways to the mills on the lower Kennebec. Lately it's been a summer playground for the successful whitewater rafting industry that started on the heals of the last log drive in 1975.
An infamous revolutionary war Colonel once led his soldiers through the wilderness that would become The Forks on his way to capture Quebec City from the British. His name was Benedict Arnold and of course we know from history that he was unsuccessful in capturing the city largely because his troops suffered physically during this grueling trek. This section of US Route 201 and other parts are designated as the Arnold Trail.
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