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Can you identify this wintry walkway?

Photograph by Joan Cyr

Don’t let this tranquil stretch of river fool you: the mile-long path that leads to this bridge begins at a rocky, rushing waterfall – a common feature on this waterway, which once lured countless mills, power companies and settlers to its banks. Its history with industry, however has been tumultuous, and it was only about 50 years ago that this river was known as one of the country’s 10 most polluted. But things have changed since then, and its transformation from power source and commercial pipeline to recreational refuge and natural treasure is never more apparent than when strolling by a scene like this one. The path leads south from the falls, matching the river’s curves, skirting behind the businesses of Main Street. Soon, the trail splits: turn west to enter the park named for a local police hero, or turn east to walk across the trestle bridge, a relic of rail travel long since converted for pedestrian use. This bridge spans a historic river, of course, but it also creates a direct line between the hearts of two closely tied Maine cities – entities so close that talks of merger have swirled through public discourse for many than 100 years.

 

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