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"Trails, Rails, and Roads"
Lesson 2: Road Tripping - Transportation - History on the Road
Getting Acquainted with Your Map
This activity is based
on a lesson called "Using Road Maps: The North Dakota Ethnic Trip," by
Mathew Misialek, Carrington High School, Carrington North Dakota. The
activity was prepared using the American Automobile Associationís road map
of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, 1995.
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2. American Automobile Association
3. Police Emergency Numbers: 1-800-452-4664
4. In Maine, 1-800-482-0955; In the U.S. 1-800-341-7540
5. Possible answers include: Baxter, Peaks-Kenny, Lily Bay, Rangeley
Lake, Mt. Blue, Grafton Notch, Lake St. George, Fort Knox, Swan
Lake, Moose Point, Roque Bluff, Quoddy Head, Cobscook Bay, Warren
Island, Sebago Lake, Reid, Bradbury Mountain, Range Ponds, Peacock
Beach, Camden Hills, Popham Beach, Two Lights, Higgins Beach
6. Mt. Katahdin, North Brother Mountain, Doubletop Mountain (also
7. 75 miles
8. 122 miles
9. 2 hrs. 23 min.
10. North Maine Woods, Box 382, Ashland, Maine, 04732
11. Scenic byways
12. A green triangle in a green circle
13. A number within a circle
14. A solid red line
15. A solid red line bordered and bisected with a thin black line
16. Light yellow
17. 11 miles
19. Rt. 1 or 1A
21. Rt. 16, Exit 53
23. Just outside of Portland
Transportation History on the Road
1. A state highway, paved and undivided. It is the primary road
in the area.
2. Take Route 5 north.
3. He told the railroad company that the slope of the trail was
higher than it really was, which made the railroad company decide
not to put the railroad through.
4. Mexico and Peru
7. The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad
9. Route 11
10. Number of bays: 13 (these are listed in blue on the map)
1. In order to haul raw materials like lumber or potatoes
2. US Route 1
3. Answers will vary. The Merrill family traveled to Fryeburg,
Maine, where the road ended. They had to hike over mountainous
terrain and to ford rivers before arriving at Andover.
5. The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
6. Answers will vary. The B&A railroad helped open up Aroostook
County by making it easier for people to migrate and/or visit
there. It also made it possible to transport potatoes out of the
county to markets further south.
7. Answers will vary. John Brickett was hired by a railroad company
to survey the land in the area. He told the company that the slope
of the mountain where they thought they might build a track was
higher than it actually was. Based on this information, the railroad
company decided not to build.
8. Answers will vary. Kate Furbish noticed that there were no
houses west of the road they were traveling on. There were deep
ditches on either side of the road. There were beautiful views
of Mount Katahdin. They traveled through dense, silent woods.
9. Answers will vary. a. Use the mileage scale and measure the
distance. b. Look at the driving distances key (in the top right
corner of the 1995 map). c. Find the black or red arrows and numbers
along most roads, and add the numbers together to come up with
the right mileage.
10. Look the city up in the map index. Find the coordinates listed
next to the city. Then, use the grid of coordinates on the map
to help you find the city's location.
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