What All Mainer’s Should Know About Mt. Katahdin, But Possibly Doesn’t
If you're from Maine, then you're probably familiar with Mt. Katahdin. But there may be things that you should know about it, but didn't.
What Does It Mean?
Mount Katahdin was named by the Penobscot Native American Indians and it means, "The Greatest Mountain." It may have been their opinion, but that's what the name means anyway.
Is It A Volcano?
It's been stated that all of Maine's mountains are erosional remnants. The rocks of Mt. Katahdin are granite and not volcanic. Granite is created by an igneous rock that slows by cooling of the molten rock well beneath the surface of the earth.
The Highest Point In Maine
Mount Katahdin is the highest peak in Maine at 5,267 feet (1,605 meters).
The Mystery Of Pamola
Legend has it that Pamola, an evil spirit that curses Mt. Katahdin, resides there during the summer season. It was said that Pamola impregnated one of the Penobscot Indians and she bore a child with special powers.
Deaths On The Mount
There have been many deaths recorded that took place on one of the many trials or near Mt. Katahdin. The deaths go all the way back to the 1800's to the 1990's. The deaths span the gamut from heart attaches, to sled accidents, to lightening strikes, and even suicide.