By Earl Brechlin
This is often the 3rd in Earl Brechlin's sequence of small books that includes colour reproductions of old postcards. Captions contrary every one old card describe the pictures, so much of which date from 1900 to 1930. The postcards rfile numerous fascinating destinations, together with previous Orchard seashore, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset, and a number of other lighthouses.
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BUREAU OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ESTABLISHED A FISH HATCHERY AND LOBSTER-REARING STATION THERE IN 1901. CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $10,000 FOR THE FACILITY. LATER, THE GOVERNOR BARROWS REARING STATION, A STATE LOBSTER HATCHERY, WAS IN OPERATION FROM 1937 TO 1949. THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES NOW OPERATES THE MARINE RESOURCES AQUARIUM AT THIS SITE. S. COAST GUARD BASE ALSO GRACE THE POINT, ALTHOUGH BIGELOW PURCHASED LAND IN EAST BOOTHBAY IN 2003 FOR A NEW FACILITY. 83. THE OLD STUDIO, COMMONWEALTH ART COLONY, BOOTHBAY HARBOR EARLY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, BOOTHBAY WAS A MAGNET FOR ARTISTS AND THOSE SEEKING INSPIRATION.
9. BOON ISLAND LIGHT LOCATED NINE MILES OFF YORK BEACH, BOON ISLAND IS ONE OF MAINE’S MOST INHOSPITABLE OFF SHORE LOCATIONS, LACKING ANY SOIL OR VEGETATION. THE FIRST TWO LIGHTHOUSES BUILT ON BOON WERE SWEPT AWAY. THE PRESENT 137-FOOT-TALL GRANITE TOWER WAS BUILT IN 1852. DURING A BLIZZARD IN 1978, TWO KEEPERS HAD TO TAKE REFUGE IN THE TOWER AS WAVES SMASHED AND SWEPT AWAY THE KEEPER’S HOUSE, SUPPLY BUILDING, AND BOAT HOUSE. THE ISLAND GOT ITS NAME FROM VICTIMS OF A SHIPWRECK THERE IN 1682, WHO SAID THEIR SURVIVAL WAS A BOON FROM GOD.
AS A RANDALL FOUNDED THE COMMONWEALTH COLONY IN 1906. IT GREW TO THE POINT WHERE ITS DINING HALL COULD SEAT 300, BUT AFTER STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY, IT CLOSED AFTER THE 1930 SEASON. 84. THE DAM AND OAK GROVE HOTEL, WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR THE WEST HARBOR DAM WAS BUILT IN 1880 TO HOLD BACK FRESH WATER FOR AN ICE POND. THE “CRYSTAL CLEAR” ICE WAS ALLOWED TO FREEZE TO 10 OR 12 INCHES THICK, AND WAS CUT INTO BLOCKS BY CREWS OF THE MAINE ICE COMPANY. THE ICE WAS THEN MOVED ON CONVEYORS, AND EITHER STORED OR LOADED DIRECTLY ONTO SCHOONERS AND SHIPPED TO PLACES SUCH AS GEORGIA.