The Airline Road

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler: The McDonald Children

  1. Migration and Towns
The Airline ran between Bangor and Calais, through the towns of Alexander and Aurora. It allowed travelers to pass between Maine and the Maritimes. After 1830, it became an especially important route for Irish immigrants who had landed in the Maritimes to enter New England. It also allowed passage for Maritimers, Acadians, and Eastern Algonquians as well as for many Mainers who also found work in the Maritimes, in addition to Loyalist descendants who were in the process of re-establishing family ties in the United States.

Impression of stagecoach travel on the Airline Road, about 1860, by a New York illustrator.