By Gil Gilpatrick
Allagash - the name itself evokes a sense of awe
and adventure that only this wilderness area can convey. In Allagash,
Gil Gilpatrick skillfully weaves fact and fiction to whisk you back
through time on this legendary waterway. The fact in this exciting
book is based on careful research - the fiction is based on facts
that are known combined with careful speculation of what could have
new edition of Allagash is written in three parts:
Part One you are guided through the present-day Allagash region
by Gilpatrick who has been a Master Maine Guide for over 40 years
and has guided more than 100 trips through the Waterway. Significant
historic and natural sights are highlighted and these points of interest
are punctuated with anecdotes of personal experiences..
In Part Two you will learn about
Maine's colorful lumbering industry going back to the middle of the
1800's. You will be impressed at what a sophisticated, well engineered
operation it was back then. Like the western cowboy, the lumberjack's
life has always seemed rugged and adventurous - it was romanticized.
The fact is, the lumberman's life was filled with hard labor and countless
life-and-death situations from sunup to sundown. You will be introduced
to lumberjack characters like Mushrat Murphy, and be taken to lumber
camps and onto the river to experience the life of the river driver.
Part Three is about the Bear
Clan of the Wabnaki. The Native American's use of the Allagash has
been traced back to the end of the last ice-age. The account of
their life along the river is sprinkled with colorful lore and legend.
You will be introduced to the Great Spirit, or Manitou and to Gluscabe,
a tribal hero. The beautiful Allagash was not untrodden wilderness.
"It was a region that gave life to a people who husbanded its resources
for thousands of years."
Quality paperback, 6"X9", 232 pages, 90 photos and illustrations.