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Can you identify this waterfront town?

Photograph by Susan Cole Kelly

Golden springtime sun greets the shores of this island town in Penobscot Bay, home to the southern terminus of Route 15, a historic opera house, and the state’s largest lobster port. In 2011, lobstermen here landed nearly 15 million pounds of Maine’s famous crustacean, and in 2012, they hauled in about 14 percent of the state’s total catch — not bad for a town populated by just over 1,000 people. But lobstering isn’t the only industry that’s put this community on the map. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Penobscot Bay became a hub for granite quarrying, a boomtown developed here and the island’s overall population tripled. Granite from this town’s Settlement Quarry was used in the construction of New York’s County Courthouse in Manhattan and for the substructure of the U.S. Naval Academy’s navigational school in Maryland. Today, the quarry site is home to recreational trails with panoramic views of Isle au Haut and other nearby islands — even the rolling Camden Hills, 20 miles to the west.

 

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