11-May-2001 -- As we, Travis Norseworthy and Dan Russell set out to visit the confluence in Linneus, Maine, we prepared for a trek through the woods. All our maps indicated that the confluence was located at least a half-mile from the nearest road. This is no distance in open country, but in some sections of the Maine woods this could take up to 1 1/2 hours each way on foot, depending on the forest type and ground cover. This confluence is at the southern edge of the potato crop land and the working forest that covers most of Maine.
This would be the second for Dan and the first for Travis. As our GPS indicated the closing distance, we turned off Route 2A onto a gravel logging road which we had located on our atlas and confirmed the direction by GPS. Again we did not expect to get closer than a half mile, but the logging road twisted and turned almost precisely towards the direction we wanted. It was obvious that new road construction had occurred here for logging. In fact a logging operation had just wrapped up winter operations a few weeks ago.
Our eyes were on the GPS as much as on the road, only a one-lane road with no traffic whatsoever as wood harvesting was not going on at this time. We pulled off to the side of the road at a distance of about 125' from the confluence!
With the GPS in hand we made a small circle as we located the exact spot, barely out of sight of our vehicle. We hung two ribbons to mark the spot for the photos. Photos of the four major compass points were taken, with one of us in two of them. As you can see, the area pretty much looks the same in all directions. Evidence of recent logging is visible as is the regeneration of the new forest which will grow in very short order. Northern Maine has two industries, potatoes and forest products and this confluence in at the edge of both.
From this site Houlton is 11.6 miles at 400.