By Robert Thayer
The 3rd identify within the Acadia nationwide Park consultant sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the historical past, geology, and biology of the world. It contains useful recommendation and maps to aid viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, no matter if walking, through bicycle, or on cross-country skis. With their work-of-art stone bridges, those crushed-rock carriage roads — the results of a long time of attempt through philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are recognized through the global for his or her attractiveness.
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John Jr. shared a love of horses and carriagedriving with his father and was considered an excellent horseman. ” Even when the automobile came into vogue, Rockefeller preferred to drive his carriage to work each day and was often seen “coaching” with his family in New York’s Central Park. The pressure of assuming the reins of his father’s empire was a daunting task. John Jr. was an astute businessman, but in 1910, at the age of thirty-six, he decided to change his role in the family company. He would devote his energies to philanthropy, directing his wealth to the betterment of society.
A 1929 article in the Boston Globe described the reporter’s feeling after he hiked to the Waterfall Bridge: “... in graceful arch a bridge crosses a brook. The sound of tumbling white water over the rocks at Waterfall Bridge is in no sense foreign to the lines of the bridge itself, no intruder upon this sylvan scene but fitting the whole in strong and simple lines ... ” Beyond the two bridges, the road gradually descends back to the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge. Bear right at intersection 19 then left at 18 to return to the parking area.
This massive boulder field compels the traveler to stop and contemplate the geologic forces that created it and to appreciate the sublime view that the opening provides. Just beyond the rock slide, another stone bridge was built across Deer Brook. The “tumbledown” was a challenge to the engineers who built this road. Deer Brook Bridge was built of dark, old-looking stone. DEER BROOK BRIDGE The Deer Brook Bridge is the only doublearched span in the system. Somewhat inconspicuous from above, it might be overlooked from a carriage or a fast-moving bicycle.
Acadia's Carriage Roads by Robert Thayer