Heritage of the Kennebec River

Heritage of the Kennebec River (HM2CCF)

Location: Fairfield, ME 04937 Somerset County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 35.142', W 69° 35.636'

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Le patrimoine de la Rivière Kennebec

The Kennebec River is the largest river in Maine. Originating from Moosehead Lake, the river flows 190 miles through Somerset, Kennebec and Sagadahoc Counties to the Gulf of Maine at Popham Beach. The Kennebec was a primary travel route for Native Americans for over 40,000 years before the arrival of Samuel de Champlain who explored the area in 1604-1607, as well as George Popham who established a short-lived colony, Fort St. George, at its mouth. Benedict Arnold also chose the Kennebec River for his march into Canada in 1775.
From this point, the Kennebec River became a gateway for trade and settlement by Europeans. Lumber, pulp and ice were transported down the river to the coast to be traded for the finished goods needed by colonists. Shipbuilding flourished along the banks of the Kennebec. Over the years, the Kennebec has provided power for the mills along its banks, and the river continues to be an important source of hydroelectric power today and recreation, particularly white water rafting.

La rivière Kennebec est le plus long fleuve du Maine. Il prend sa source dans le lac Moosehead et descend pendant 190 milles en passant par Somerset, Kennebec et les comtés de Sagadahoc au Golfe du Maine pour se terminer

à Popham. La rivière Kennebec a été pour plus de 10 000 ans la route principale des Amérindiens, avant l'arrivée de Samuel de Champlain qui explora cette région entre 1604 et 1607. Comme George Popham, Champlain y établit une colonie de courte durée à l'entrée, à Fort St. George. Benedict Arnold a également choisi le fleuve Kennebec pour sa montée vers le Canada en 1775.
À partir de ce moment, le fleuve Kennebec devenu une entrée pour le commerce et la colonisation européenne. Le bois, la pâte et la glace étaient transportés sur le fleuve jusqu'aux rives pour être transformé en produits nécessaires aux colons. La construction navale grandit le long des rives de la Kennebec. Pendant plusieurs année, la Kennebec fournit la ouissiance énergétique hydroélectrique nécessaire aux moulins le long des rives, et ce fleuve continue, aujourd'hui, d'être une importante source d'énergie hydroélectrique, de loisirs principalement pour le « White Water Rafting ».
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Date Added Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 452852 N 4937100
Decimal Degrees44.58570000, -69.59393333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 35.142', W 69° 35.636'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 35' 8.5200000000002" N, 69° 35' 38.16" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)207
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 80 Water St, Fairfield ME 04937, US
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