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Why these Mainers call life at the end of the road home in rural Allagash

In best of weather, Allagash is a 40-mile drive over potholes and cracked tar to the nearest larger town of Fort Kent.

In the middle of a northern Maine winter it can be 40 miles of white-knuckle, frost heaving, whiteout hell to get to the nearest grocery store, school, hospital, drug store or movie theater.

No one ever said living at the end of the road was easy, but those who choose to call one of Maine’s smallest and most remote communities home will tell you it’s a special place.

“Things happen up here,” said Darlene Kelly Dumond, owner of Two Rivers Lunch, one of a handful of businesses in the community. “Whatever you thought you needed in larger towns, you realize you just don’t need anymore.”

The Fiddlehead Focus/St. John Valley Times is pleased to feature content from our sister company, Bangor Daily News. To read the rest of “Why these Mainers call life at the end of the road home in rural Allagash,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Julia Bayly, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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