Maine, a Guide down East

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TOUR 4 A: From JUNCTION WITH US 2 to SOUTH ARM, 25.6 m., State 5.

Via Andover and The Notch. Graveled roadbed.

THIS route, to the Rangeley Lake region, follows through the Ellis River Valley to the intervale of Andover where a long ridge of the Canadian border mountains far north can be seen. From a quagmire at the foot of Lower Richardson Lake, Black Brook seeps through dense vegetable matter, and flows beside the road in the heavily wooded area near South Arm.

At 0 m. State 5 branches northwest from US 2 (seeTour 4).

Visible from 1.4 m. (L), is a long, bare, high ledge on the side of Mount Dimmock.

At 3.6 m. (L) is the trail to Newry Mine, a 900-foot climb up Plumbago Mountain. The discovery of tourmalines here, in 1900, was followed by that of feldspar and pollucite. The mine is now inactive, its pollucite vein being considered exhausted. Pollucite, probably Maine's most valuable mineral -- having had a maximum value of $20 per pound -- is used in the manufacture of alternating current radio tubes.

At 10.7 m. (R) is Andover Cemetery, in the northern end of which is the Grave of Molly Locket, an Indian woman who was so constantly in demand by the settlers as a midwife that she neither had the time nor the need to establish a home of her own. Molly's second husband is said to have been Chief Sabattus, and although her gravemarker says she was the last of the Pequawkets, another tradition says two of her daughters were married to white settlers. The inscription reads:

Mollocket baptized Mary Agatha,
Catholic, died in the Christian Faith,
August 2, A.D. 1816.
The Last of the Pequakets.

ANDOVER (alt. 610, Andover Town, pop. 783), 11.7 m., a small commercial settlement formerly important for its lumbering, now caters to summer campers. Throughout the entire township are visible the forest- cloaked Aziscoos Mountains which lie north of the Rangeley Lakes.

The Notch (Township C), 20.7 m., formed by Old Blue Mountain (R) (alt. 3735) and Parkhurst Mountain (L) (alt. 2870), is barely wide enough for the road, which follows Black Brook. Old Blue towers sheerly above the road.

SOUTH ARM (alt. 1480, Township C, pop. 9), 25.6 m. Buried deep in the woods on the southern tip of Lower Richardson Lake, this little settle-

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