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With colorful tulips and a spinning windmill, you might think this is the Netherlands. But this image was shot along a road in the Pine Tree State, a scenic byway that winds from the sea at Southport to the woods of Coburn Gore. This spot sits somewhere in the middle, in a town that, like the Dutch countryside, is largely made up of water. Called Washington Plantation when it was first settled by New Hampshire expats in 1774, the place was an early potato center. The outflow of its many ponds and streams was then harnessed to power mills, and during the nineteenth century it turned out shovels, spools, lumber, rakes, shingles, scythes, boxes, and packing excelsior. When the railroad arrived in the 1860s it brought with it all kinds of tourists, and the town was transformed into a summer resort renowned for its fishing. Celebs soon followed — famous New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Crater loved to boat here, and it’s where he got the mysterious phone call that lead to his disappearance. Writers like E.B. White and Ernest Thompson also enjoyed angling on the great pond. Have you ever tiptoed through the tulips here?
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