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By Robert Thayer

The 3rd identify within the Acadia nationwide Park advisor sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the background, geology, and biology of the realm. It comprises sensible recommendation and maps to assist viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, no matter if strolling, by way of bicycle, or on cross-country skis. With their work-of-art stone bridges, those crushed-rock carriage roads — the results of many years of attempt by means of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are identified through the global for his or her attractiveness.

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Ten years later, in the early thirties, however, the Amphitheater road was finally completed, including construction of three major bridges. Again, begin at the southern end of Jordan Pond. Cross the bridge, and follow the carriage road for a tenth of a mile, taking a left at the next intersection (14) and heading toward the Amphitheater. In less than half a mile, the road makes a sharp bend over the West Branch Bridge and soon after that crosses the Cliffside Bridge. The West Branch Bridge crosses a branch of Jordan Stream.

Thus is the pattern of natural systems and the problem with photographs that can only capture a moment in time. However transformed over the years, the carriage roads continue to serve as the easiest way to discover the inner beauty of Acadia. Acknowledgments Thank you to all who have contributed their time and knowledge to making this book a fitting tribute to the carriage roads and to the ideals of their creator. They include: Michele Hiltzik–Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center Keith Miller–Superintendent of Acadia National Park from 1971 to 1978 Ken Olsen–President, Friends of Acadia Debbie Dyer–Bar Harbor Historical Society Brooke Childry–Archivist, National Park Service Tom Vining–National Park Service Steven Haynes–for his great stories of the quarrying activities on Mount Desert Island Bryant Woods, Michael Furnari, and Linda Thayer for their editorial direction.

When Charles became ill in 1921, his son, Paul D. Simpson, continued the job. In later years, Walters G. Hill, another local contractor, also played a major role, as did S. F. Ralston, Rockefeller’s superintendent at the Eyrie. The carriage roads are not simple dirt trails or paths, but rather broken-stone roads built to the highest standards of the day. Referred to by Rockefeller as “rock-filled roads,” they were constructed with three layers of progressively smaller stones: a foundation, middle tier, and finished surface.

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