CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Seventy-five years ago this week a Civilian Conservation Corp crew finished the last section of The Appalachian Trail. The two-mile stretch, located between Sugarloaf and Spaulding mountains will host a commemoration of hearty hikers this Saturday.
No one knows the exact moment that the trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine was completed. CCC Bridgton (Maine) Camp Foreman Leon P, Brooks reported the trail's completion in a letter to Myron Avery.
"The trail was completed to Bigelow Station on August 14, including two miles of new construction," Brooks wrote. Avery was the Chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference from 1931 until his death in 1952.
Historians have settled on this date as that of the trail's completion. They also credit Avery with bringing the trail to Maine. A Lubec, Maine native and Bowdoin College graduate, Avery was the driving force behind bringing the trail to Maine. Many wanted it to end at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
Avery hurriedly led the effort to lay down a trail in Maine. It was 52% on country roads and pole lines, but it was there. Over the years, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club has moved much of it and still maintains 267 miles of AT.
Professor Emeritus Dave Field has maintained a six mile section of the trail for 56 years. He has written a book about the history of the trail in Maine, entitled "Along Maine's Appalachian Trail." He will be at the completion point for the celebration on Saturday.
This spring Field cleared 46 blow-downs on his section. He said, "You look back and can immediately see the impact you've made."
The same can be said about the Appalachian Trail. It has made a big impact, one that will be even more important in the future.