Appalachian Trail Histories

This sign outside Monson warns Appalachian Trail hikers that they are about to enter the dreaded 'Wilderness,' a 90-mile stretch that offers few human contacts and almost no amenities


"Pie lady," Sydney Pratt, gets a lot of customers from hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Monson, Maine


Appalachian Trail sign in Damascus, VA

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Benton MacKaye, who was first to propose the Appalachian Trail, poses for a photo along the Trail near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 24, 1933.

Collection: Builders

A modern-day aerial view of Monson, Maine


Inside of the slate company mill operation with several workers. Monson slate is considered to be a fine quality because of the black color.


For many north-bound through hikers, Shaw’s Hiker-Friendly Lodging in Monson, ME represents their last bed and hot meal before heading into the "The 100-Mile Wilderness."

Collection: Hikers