Katahdin stands as an extraordinary landmark; for centuries it has dominated the changing landscape of Maine's North Woods. In this superbly researched new book, Maine historian John W. Neff takes readers on a journey through the mountain's history, legend, and legacy. Author John W. Neff collects widely scattered sources and assembles the first comprehensive history of this massive peak. Neff shares Native American traditions and stories, recounts colonial settlers' first glimpses of the dramatic mountain, traces the histories of trails and campsites, confeys the impact of the remarkable lumbering era, tells of the bustling sporting camps that sprang up in the mountain's shadow, and follows in the footsteps of Thoreau and other artists who have been touched by the mountain. Neff also retells the extraordinary story of Governor Baxter's dream, reflecting on the legacy of conservation and preservation he left in his wake. 2006 paperback, 354 pages.