By Robert Thayer

The 3rd identify within the Acadia nationwide Park advisor sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the historical past, geology, and biology of the world. It contains useful recommendation and maps to assist viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, even if strolling, via bicycle, or on cross-country skis. With their work-of-art stone bridges, those crushed-rock carriage roads — the results of many years of attempt via philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are identified through the global for his or her good looks.

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Built in 1933, the Stanley Brook Bridge was the last of Rockefeller’s sixteen bridges, and it reflects the accumulated experience of twenty-five years of construction. The bridge was designed by Charles Stoughton and built by S. F. Ralston. Each of the arches is faced with granite, and the sides have an interesting mixture of large “quarry­faced” (rough-finished) blocks combined with smaller pieces of granite and occasional cobblestones. The upper deck has fine-tooled railings (parapets) that rise to a peak at the center and flare with the road at the approaches.

In the park, wherever the carriage roads converge, signs point to possible destinations. Each signpost has a wooden number, put there in the mid 1980s, and these can be used to pinpoint your location. Where appropriate those numbers are included. The directions in this book are not meant to be a definitive guide but rather a means to get you started on your own journey of discovery into the heart of Acadia. From the town of Seal Harbor, the motor road enters Acadia National Park by following a small meandering brook through a pristine spruce-and-fir forest.

This created the lake, whose outlet—Jordan Stream—cuts through this moraine, exposing boulders left by the glacier. The first tour follows the path of Jordan Stream as it makes its way through the forest to the sea. Jordan Pond is the southern hub of the carriage-road system. A bridle path follows Jordan Stream. Jordan Pond to Little Long Pond At the end of the lake, Jordan Stream spills over a dam and passes beneath the Jordan Pond Dam Bridge. This is one of several small bridges modeled after similar structures that Rockefeller admired in New York City’s Central Park.

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