The Mars Hill mountain in your backyard is not something many small Maine towns can boast. And early settlers took an axe whack at the tall pines used for ship masts growing large and tall on Mars Hill Mountain in the easily years. The town of Mars Hill website adds more, says it best covering the beat on the early history of this border town.
The B & A railroad in 1892 began helping open up the markets for potatoes that grow very well in the fertile farm soil around the Mars Hill countryside. Lumbering was a big shot in the arm for the growth of Mars Hill after the messy business of the Civil War concluded. The area’s education in Mars Hill is handled efficiently by MSAD 42. Go Central Aroostook Panthers!
Canadian Hezekiah Mars from the St. John River Valley is who the town is named after. He and his son lived in the area three years, sailed across the pond to England and thereafter this unorganized territory with the mountain became knows as Mars Hill. Don’t argue with anyone, but many believe Mars Hill Mountain is the first place the sunrises in the USA. Hope no one from Eastport Maine is reading this or getting their knickers in a knot over the claim.
Big Rock Ski Area on Mars Hill Mountain is 1749′ from top to bottom and is salt and peppered with 28 wind generators, broadcast/cell towers. Established in 1960, when lit up for night snow runs, it is pretty special to witness on a winter night driving US RT 1 through the area. Chair lift rides or hikes up the mountain in the fall are spectacular too and Mt Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain can be seen some 120 miles away at Baxter State Park.
Lumber came first, then potatoes, then military spending when Loring Air Force Base set up shop for peace keeping with B-52 war planes to the north in Limestone Maine. LAFB was closed and moth balled in 1994 when the SAC base was repurposed.
Or for the long way home, take the RT 11 back way up through Aroostook Country, the log truck route. And find your way taking a right in Ashland over To Presque Isle and south on RT 1 to this central Aroostook County town with the mountain. In Mars Hill there is a split in the roads. At the fork in the town center you make a decision of going left on RT 1 or RT 1A to venture on up to Easton, Fort Fairfield and points in north east Aroostook County. No Interstate 95 exit with Mars Hill in reflectorized glass beads white with green or blue background. Sorry. You could fly into PQI in Presque Isle though and rent a car to come take in the sights of Mars Hill Maine.
Definitely in winter, Big Rock Ski area is one venue to visit. Down hill snow skis are strapped on to carve and maneuver the moguls. Or take the family trail if black diamonds are not your idea of a challenge. Or rent a tube and slide, laugh and then hook up for the pull back up the north side of Mars Hill’s Big Rock Mountain. There is live music entertainment upstairs in the ski lodge and equipment rental if you forgot to pack your stuff or a beginner.
Watch a Big Rock Ski video. Have you ever tried snow boarding? It’s never too late and ticket prices are family friendly. Join the ski team and compete on Big Rock!
The golf course to the north of the ski area on Mars Hill Mountain is one of the prettiest in Maine. You also are about as close to being in Canada as you can get because both the ski area and golf course are pretty handy to New Brunswick’s International boundary. That’s what those white pick ups with the green stripe on the sides are for that you see on the highways and back roads of Aroostook County.
Offering plenty for the communty to enjoy watching as our youngsters grow up in a small Maine town. Visit the Mars Hill Maine Hansen Library.
Prestile Stream dam, sharing the Main Street with the neighboring town to the south of Blaine, there are lots of back roads to explore. Just make sure you stay on this side of the US / Canadian border crossing or the men and women driving the white pickups and SUV’s with the green US Border Patrol stripes will be wanting to ask you some hard questions.
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