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"Mount Desert Island Region Of The Maine Coast" 1963 Map (SOLD)

Map of the Mt. Desert Island Region of the Maine Coast c1963 by Luther S. Phillips

Map Sz: 19 1/2"H x 15 1/2"W

Frame Sz: 25 1/4"H x 21 1/4"W

w/ bamboo frame w/ yellow mat

This is a rare second edition 1963 Luther S. Phillips pictorial map of Mount Desert Island, Maine. It highlights one of the most popular tourist destinations on the eastern seaboard - Acadia National Park. Philips' maps have been popular since their inception, and variations are still published today, but first editions, here, are special and scarce.

A Closer Look Illustrations highlight the region's wildlife and its maritime heritage. Banners mark the most well-known locations, such as Cadillac Mountain and the De Gregoire Monument. Major roads appear and lakes, ponds, monuments, stores, and campgrounds are labeled. A vignette of the Black House occupies par the upper left corner.

Mount Desert Island Popularized as a vacation destination during the 19th century, Mount Desert Island is renowned for its exceptional natural beauty. First brought to public attention by painters of the Hudson River School, tourists and nature lovers began flocking to the island in the 1860s. By 1880, the island hosted thirty g hotels. By the 'Gay Nineties', American social elites and business magnates, including the Rockefellers, Fords, Vanderbilts, and Carnegies, built summer h on the islands' most desirable land. Eventually the Rockefellers acquired most of the island, donating it to the Federal government as a public recreation.

Acadia National Park:

Acadia National Park Mount Desert Island, so named because of its many bald rocky mountaintops, has been a tourist destination since the mid-19th century, when it was disc by outsiders, artists, journalists, Hudson River School artists, and other patrons, known collectively as the 'Rusticators.' Undaunted by crude accommodate and simple food, they sought out local fishermen and farmers for accommodation and guidance. Summer after summer, the rusticators returned to renew friendships with local islanders and, most of all, to savor the fresh salt air, scenery, and relaxed pace. Soon the villagers' cottages and fishermen's huts fil overflowing, and by 1880, 30 hotels competed for vacationers' dollars. Tourism was becoming the islands primary industry. Drawing the attention of the w and influential, the island was designated as Sieur de Monts National Monument by President Woodrow Wilson in July 1916. In February 1919, the area's s was officially changed from a National Monument to National Park, making it the first National Park east of the Mississippi River. With the change to a Nat Park came a name change as well, to Lafayette National Park. It was not until January 1929 that the park was given its current name, Acadia National Par Acadia is unlike most other National Parks as its creation was encouraged by numerous private individuals. One, John. D. Rockefeller, purchased a summer home in Bass Harbor in 1910. Rockefeller began buying up land on the island with the goal of creating a system of carriage roads to make 'one of the great views in the world' accessible to all.

Publication History and Census This map was created and published by Luther S. Phillips in 1941 and then republished in 1963 by A.D. Phillips