Friday, May 22, 2020

The Winthrop Historical Society Replaces the Winthrop Messenger Monument in Wijnthrop

Several years ago Clark P. Thompson of Bangor published the book, Maine's Trotting Horse Heritage Trail. For each subject in the book, Clark placed an inscribed granite monument in an appropriate location. Two years ago the monument was scooped up by a snow bucket and was lost. Last year the Winthrop Historical Society replaced the monument. A Great Thank You to the Winthrop Historical Society for keep a piece a Maine's Trotting Horse History. 

Recently I read an article stating that Winthrop Messenger was returned to Dixfield where he died. Just might be more to the story!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Maine Spirit Map Initiative -- Early Maps of the land that became the State of Maine and Communities with trotting parks

The Lost Trotting Parks Maine Spirit Initiative will include maps beginning in 1615 through 1820. Through these maps viewers can see how cartographers visualized the land that became the State of Maine. A special focus will feature the rivers of Maine and 19th century atlas maps that show the location of trotting parks in Maine communities.

This map represents what will be displayed at live exhibitions. Unfortunately you can not read the text due to low resolution.

This map was downloaded from the archives of the Library of Congress.

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Maine's Spirit Map Initiative -- The Rivers of Maine and 19th Century Maine Atlas Images of the Lost Trotting Parks of Maine

The Lost Trotting Parks' Maine Spirit of the Horse Initiative calls for the development of banners that will display the following: 1: The development of  maps starting in the 18th century that include what becomes the State of Maine and 2. 19th Century Maine Atlas Maps that include Lost Trotting Parks.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Maine Spirit and the Horse -- Caring for Horses in Cushing, Maine

Today Libby and I drove from Hallowell to Union to Cushing to Port Clyde to Clark Island to Spuce Head to Owls Head and finally to Rockland up Route 17 to Augusta. Throughout our drive we saw several horse farms. When we were walking up a road and to the parking lot where our car was, we stopped and talked with three women who were caring for two horses. This is an example of what happens throughout the State of Maine -- From those in the harness racing industry, to other horse competitions, or to those who just love horses.

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Challenge! Ties to Maine -- A Horse and A Woman's Will -- Please Explain!

If you can identify this track/fairground and its location, you may be able to discover with some research the name of the horse, the question of the will and the well, the story of the men in the family moving West to seek fortune and opportunities, and identifying the Maine Connection!