DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 19, 2021) – In Issue 2021-11 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit a historic National Park.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia National Park (Stock Photo)

The First National Park…

…East of the Mississippi River.  And that honor goes to Lafayette National Park.  Never heard of it?

Well, this park is a “victim” of renaming.  It started out as Sieur de Mons National Monument in 1916.  Then, it became a national park three years later.

Ten years after that, on this day in 1929, it was renamed again to Acadia National Park. 

This beautiful park is located on the rugged Maine coast.  The etymology of the name traces to the native Mi’kmaq nation’s term for “piece of land,” akadie.

Mitchell’s 1876 map of Maine is shown here.

Map of Maine – 1876 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.