California Tote Road

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns

  1. History
Sometime around the mid 1700s, habitants from Canada had established a settlement at Sept Isles on the headwaters of the St. John River and used a trail connecting them to the port village of L'Islet on the St. Lawrence River. A century later, as the timber frontier began to advance into the wilderness of northwest Maine, the Carey logging firm built a tote road from Ashland to Sept Isles, in order to supply their far-flung logging camps. This juncture at Sept Isles allowed the two trails to be joined. The tote road evidently came to be called the "California Road" because the joining of the two routes took place at the time of the California gold rush and local humourists portrayed it as a way westwards to the gold fields.