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"Trails, Rails, and Roads"
Lesson 2: Road Tripping - Transportation - History on the Road
Getting Acquainted with Your Map

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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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1. Blue

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 Traveler Mountain)

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

18. F-13

19. Rt. 1 or 1A

20. Bangor

21. Rt. 16, Exit 53

22. D-14

23. Just outside of Portland

24. Gardiner 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

5. Farmington

6. Waterville

7. The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

8. Houlton

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.

4. Guidebooks

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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