Saturday, April 2, 2016


After doing some research I am now pretty certain what we discovered was a section of the old Buckboard road that was not able to be incorporated into the new Cadillac Summit Road.  In an article I found it states that when it was decided to built the Cadillac Summit road, as much of the old buckboard Road as could be used was to be be used in the building of the new road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.  It also stated that at one time the old Buckboard road continued on to where todays Kebo Golf Course area is located.

start of one way section of Park Loop Road

As your traveling along the park loop road, you want to pull over and park in the area where the One Way section of the Park Loop Road begins.   Now walk down the one way section, keeping to the right hand side of the roadway for a short ways, until you come to a storm  drain - it also has a very large rock in front of it just inside the woods which can easily be seen from the roadway (see photo).

storm drain with large rock

From the storm drain walk straight into the woods about 2 to 3 car lengths and you come to the old road.  This old road also shows up on old maps, but we went there not looking for the buckboard road, we were looking for a much bigger prize, the old Toll Booth path, which ran from the Buckboard road and made its way to the edge of eagle Lake to the site of the Green Mountain Railway.  Back than, you had only two options to go up Cadillac Mountain, by way of train, or by way of the Buckboard Road which required you pay a fee to the owners of the road, who were not connected to the railroad company.

Abandoned trails of Acadia - The Old Buckboard Road

Had we found any evidence of the old road this piece would of been titled THE OLD TOLL BOOTH PATH, but we came up short.
So once you enter the woods at that storm drain and come to the old road, it will go in two directions, one to the left leads you back in the direction of the North Ridge trail, with the old road coming out onto the Park Loop Road just before a curve in the roadway,  and a short distance beyond that curve is the parking area for the north ridge Trail.  And if you do go left, the further you go the tire marks get harder to follow.
That is not the case if you go right, the tire grooves in the earth remain easy to see, and dispite some small tree's and brush growing up in the roadway here and there, the road is almost perfectly straight.  The road was pretty wet when we hiked it, and we had to often step around wet areas, and a few places where it crossed sections of smooth granite, the granite was some what slippery.
I also went exploring straight up the mountain side for a ways at one point, and found old rusted barb wire running across the ground, I assume it was placed there by the owners of the buckboard road to keep people from going up the mountain without paying a fee.

large cave size storm drain, Cadillac Mountain Summit Road

The hike is not too long and it comes out onto the lower section of the Cadillac Summit Road by a large storm drain big enough to qualify for a cave.  We will return again at some point once again looking for evidence of the old Toll Booth Path..  I am also going to put up a video on this trip and I will place a link to it once we get it put together.
Needless to say, I will be doing a map of this soon.  According to a few of the locals, they say the current Cadillac Summit road pretty much followed the old Buckboard road and this old road clearly does that.
Just as a side note, the old Buckboard Road was once the scene of holdup's, with a gunman nick named the Gentleman Bandit holding up passing buckboards and demanding watches, rings and money from the men.  He got the name Gentleman Bandit because he did not rob from the women.  At one time a reward of $5,000 was placed on his head but he was never captured.
From the above map you can see the route the Buckboard road took - as far as I known of there was only two roads built to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.  You have the first road, the buckboard road, which ran from the area of Eagle Lake road and you have the Cadillac Summit road, which replaced the Buckboard road.  The key difference being that the Buckboard road began in a different location than the newer summit road.  You can see on the old map above there is no Park Loop Road because at that time period there was no National Park there.
The route the Buckboard road took falls in between the current Park Loop Road and the North Ridge trail, if it ran as it's marked out on the map.  I have read that there is only one, perhaps two old maps still kicking around that shows the route and is marked Buckboard Road, but I do not have a copy of that map.  A report I read on the Cadillac Summit Road also refers to that old map.  By the way, if anyone knows where that map can be found with the words buckboard Road on it, sent me a link to it, I would love to have a copy of it.

The above map dates back to the days when the Green Mountain Railroad was running - note the motel at the summit.  So the road leading to the summit in this map is clearly the Buckboard Road, since the owners of the Buckboard road were at war with the owners of the Railroad company.



At April 11, 2016 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Would this be the old U.S. Coast Survey Road?

At April 14, 2016 at 1:25 AM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

I did consider that, but after more research I am now pretty certain it is a section of the old buckboard road that was not incorporated into the building of the Summit road.

At April 14, 2016 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Is the old buckboard road shown on any of the maps in Pathmakers (or maybe another source like Trails of History, or Martin's guide)? Just curious where I can find out more; and I want to make sure I'm looking at the correct road.

At April 16, 2016 at 7:33 PM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

I just updated this piece with a couple maps that show the route the buckboard road took. There is only one old map, maybe two, that show the old buckboard road with it being labeled that way, I am still trying to locate a copy of that map. The last two maps I have added we know are the buckboard road because it was the only road leading to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at the time the train was running. The link I added will take you to a nice PDF download with much more information on both the buckboard road and the train. Hope that helps.

At April 21, 2016 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Thank you! I'll take a closer look this evening. I have accumulated a nice collection of this type of information but I don't think I've come across that document you linked to.

At April 23, 2016 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

This map: shows the road marked with "1 mile 307 rods" as is mentioned in the document. But I don't see the words "buckboard road" on this map.


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