Maine’s 500-mile Pine Tree Trail to be re-signed for 85th birthday

The discovery of an old sign buried in dirt launches the revival of a 500-mile road route from Portland to Fort Kent.

MOLUNKUS — An unearthed old road sign has given birth to the revival of Maine’s longest forgotten trail.

In 1937, the Maine legislature was searching for ways to bring traffic further inland in the state. George E. Martin, a legislator from Milford, spearheaded an effort to name the actual road leading from Portland to Fort Kent as the Pine Tree Trail. The Act passed and became law, but over time with new roadbuilding and the introduction of the interstate, the Trail faded into history.

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