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Maine North Woods :: Moosehead Lake Region

 

Moosehead Lake from Little Spencer Mountain
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMoosehead Lake from Little Spencer Mountain - Credit: Bob Flavin

 

Map of Moosehead Lake, 1870
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumMap of Moosehead Lake, 1870 - Credit: Maine Historical Society

The setting for much of Tinkers is West Cove, a small town on the southern shore of Moosehead Lake in northern Maine.

View of Moosehead Lake and Mountains Beyond, 1900
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumView of Moosehead Lake and Mountains Beyond, 1900 - Credit: Maine Historical Society, Vintage Maine Images

 This was – and still is – a remote area of New England.  Moosehead Lake is the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States, with 400 miles of shoreline and a long, legendary history.

This illustrated 1880 guidebook by Charles Alden John Farrar – Moosehead Lake and the North Maine Wilderness  –  is a window into the character of this area of Maine in the mid-19th century.

 

Maine Map with Moosehead Lake Region Highlighted
Public DomainMaine Map with Moosehead Lake Region Highlighted - Credit: National Atlas of the United States