Coos Route

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler: Paul Coffin

  1. Traveler: Paul Coffin
Portrait courtesy of the Maine Historical Society.
Congregationalist minister Paul Coffin (1737-1821) made annual missionary tours through the "new" Maine communities in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains between 1796 and 1800, and his travel journals richly describe life in this fringe of settlement in west-central Maine. In 1796, he noted few wagons or iron-bound wheels on a tour through southern and western Maine. In 1800, he wrote the following about the Coos Road: "Good road from Fayette to Chester. Three miles are fine riding on pine land, a ridge of one, two and three rods wide with ponds, rivers or gullies on the right and left; a curious and pretty ride."

Cyrus Woodman, "Memoir and Journals of Paul Coffin, D.D." In Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1856, 4 : 237, 239-59.

Paul Coffin, "Missionary Tour in Maine, 1796"; "Missionary Tour in Maine, 1797"; "Missionary Tour in Maine, 1798"; "Missionary Tour in Maine, 1800". Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Volume 4, Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1856, pp. 301-405.

Others roads :
The King's Highway - Lake Megantic Route - Coos Road - Canada Road - Aroostook Roads - Airline Road
Grand Trunk Railway - California Tote Road - Canadian Pacific Railway