An Illustrated Timeline of Alexander, Maine 

* THE LAND 13000 YEARS AGO  * EXPLORERS, BATTLES, REBELLION FROM 1000 TO 1774  *  TURNING LAND INTO MONEY FROM 1781 TO 1795  *  PUTTING ALEXANDER ON THE MAP FROM 1785 TO 1808  *             EARLY SETTLERS FROM 1808 TO 1825        *    YEARS OF GROWTH 1830       *     READY OR NOT FOR WAR ~ 1860 TO 1865     *    WHERE PEOPLE LIVED IN 1880     *   THRU THE TAX COLLECTORS EYES - 1914   BOUND FOR EXTINCTION 1970       *  GROWING AGAIN         *
* THE NEW MILLENNIUM  *
 

A TIMELINE

CHAPTER 1 - THE LAND 13000 YEARS AGO


The geological features of Alexander and much of Maine are the result of the glaciers that passed over us, especially the last glacier that disappeared over 10,000 years ago. With upward to a mile of ice over the land, this map represents what we know of Alexander ca 15000 years ago.

This ice left our north south ridges with the steep north slopes. Our early settlers prized the tops of these ridges for farming. This ice left gravel and sand deposits, also mostly with north south orientation, that have been mined for road construction and landscaping around homes. One example of this sand deposit is Sand Hill that is home for many of our deceased residents. The last glacier gouged out the four major lakes that today attract residents to Alexander. And the glacier gouged out the rivers that carry the water to the ocean and that once carried logs to mills in East Machias, Gilmans Mills, and Baileyville. This map shows a simplified picture of soils left by the glacier.

 


 

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