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Bowdoin College Grant West TWP

is located immediately east of Greenville, accessible from that town’s  East Road, then the K1 Road which travels through the township to Gulf Hagas. The K1 road is private and travelers must stop at the North Maine Woods Hedgehog checkpoint on the way to Little Lyford Ponds and Katahdin Iron Works.

sign: "Welcome to the North Maine Woods, . . . ." in T8 R10sign: "Head of the Gulf 2.7 M =>, Gulf Hagas 6.1 M =>, Katahdin Iron Works 12.4 M =>"

In 2003 the Appalachian Mountain Club bought nearly 37,000 acres in the area, including the northern reaches of township. The AMC now owns all or portions of Baker, Elephant and Indian mountains here. AMC has part of the land in timber production to support the local forest products economy. In July of 2010 a group of teachers toured AMC’s forest management area, meeting one of the well-known Pelletier brothers in the process.

Rudy Pelletier Explains Harvesting Operations

Rudy Pelletier Explains Harvesting Operations

Trees Marked for Harvesting

Trees Marked for Harvesting

Individual Tree IDTags for Harvesting

Individual Tree IDTags for Harvesting

Huge Log Mover-Loader

Huge Log Mover-Loader

Observing the Process

Observing the Process

Go-anywhere Log Hauler

Go-anywhere Log Hauler

Elephant Mountain from the Access Road (2011)

Elephant Mountain from the Access Road (2011)

Elephant Mountain, in the northwest of the township, is the site of the January 24,  1963 crash of a B-52 bomber based at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. The site has been preserved as a memorial to the nine member crew, seven of whom died in the crash.

The site is accessible on unimproved roads from Greenville beginning on the Elephant Mountain Trail off the Lily Bay Road, or from Beaver Cove on the Prong Pond Road off the Lily Bay Road. Both join at the boundary of Greenville and the Township forming the single access road to the site. It is reasonably well marked with directional signs, though a GPS unit would be helpful.

Directional sign to the Crash Site (2011)

Directional sign to the Crash Site (2011) @

Kiosk with Directional and Informational Signs (2011)

Kiosk with Directional and Informational Signs (2011) @

Entrance to the Crash Site on Elephant Mountain (2011)

Entrance to the Crash Site on Elephant Mountain (2011) @

Strategic Air Command Sign at the Site (2011)

Strategic Air Command Sign (2011) @

Debris and Memorial at the Site (2011)

Debris and Memorial (2011) @

Landing Wheels at the Crash Site (2011)

Landing Wheels (2011) @

Visitors are urged not to remove or relocate items of debris. The vegetation at the site is returning to its natural state after being leveled by the crash.

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