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GREEN MOUNTAIN COG RAILWAY. Mount Desert Island, Maine. Circa 1883. Now known a…

GREEN MOUNTAIN COG RAILWAY. Mount Desert Island, Maine. Circa 1883. Now known as 'Cadillac Mountain' in Acadia National Park, its 19th century name was 'Green Mountain.'
Not only is Cadillac the tallest mountain in Acadia, it is the highest point along the entire East Coast of the United States.
The steep ascent from the southeastern shore of Eagle Lake required deployment of cog traction pioneered in the US on New Hampshire's Mount Washington cog railway.
Eight years later, in 1891, the cog railway up 14,115' Pikes Peak opened in Colorado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a073vczTVIw).
While Cadillac's cog railway long ago disappeared, one may see remnants of old railway spikes which had fastened the rails to exposed granite bedrock on the uphill end of Cadillac's South Ridge Trail. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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