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Katahdin Finalist for Maine Quarter Design

August 27 2001 at 1:55 PM
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This item is from the Lewiston Sun-Journal on Aug. 21:


Will the new Maine quarter feature a lighthouse or Mount Katahdin?

Four designs have been sent off to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. The state expects to find out in October or November which of the three designs would work best on the Maine quarter, due out in 2003.

Details of the designs being considered are:

· Mount Katahdin is in the background, with a native American in a canoe in the foreground. The name of the mountain is in English and Penobscot, which is “Ktaadn.” The design is a composite of designs submitted by Brian Kent of Litchfield, a consultant with Maine Tomorrow; Holly Higgins, a sixth-grader in Old Town; and Chelsea Flynn, a student at the middle school in Union.

· The sun rising off the coast of Eastport – the first place in the Lower 48 states to see the sun rise. The design includes an outline of Maine and there are 16 rays on the sun, each ray representing a Maine county. The logo reads: “Our nation’s first light.” The design comes from Donald Bassett of Weeks Mills.

· A lighthouse with a schooner behind it, designed by artist Daniel Carr of Colorado and Leland and Carolyn Pendleton of Rockland.

· An outline of the state accented with a few designs — the Quoddy Lighthouse in Eastport and a pine tree – would have a motto that would read: “America’s first light.” McCormick wasn’t sure where the design came from. A panel of judges initially liked the design but then rejected it. However, King liked it and thought it should be included, so it was, McCormick said.

The frequent mountain theme in the other New England coins could mean Maine’s Mount Katahdin design isn’t picked, McCormick said. She considers the lighthouse design not “unique enough to Maine,” and said the features on the Maine outline could get lost because they’ll be so small by the time the images make it to a quarter. McCormick favors the sun rising over Maine. “I like the way it’s worded: ‘Our nation’s first light.’”

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VT Features Camel's Hump; NH Features "Old Man of the Mountain"

August 27 2001, 2:04 PM 

I was curious about the other New Engand states' "mountains" and here's the results:

Vermont features Camel's Hump in the Green Mountains

New Hampshire features "Old Man of the Mountain"

I regret to inform you that Rhode Island does not include Jerimoth Hill.

(change the state abbreviations for other states)

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Caretaker of "Old Man of the Mountains" Dies

September 20 2001, 9:32 AM 

Longtime caretaker of New Hampshire's state symbol Niels Nielsen has died at
the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia, NH.

Niels was a state highway department employee who started working on the
"Old Man of the Mountains" in Franconia Notch about 40 years ago. His last
visit was made to the great stone face in 2000; he had turned over care of
the profile to his children.

His family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Old Man of
the Mountains Museum, PO Box 106, Belmont, NH, 03220.

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Longtime Manager of Mount Washington Auto Road Dies

September 20 2001, 9:38 AM 

Douglas Philbrook, former manager of the Mount Washington Auto Road and a noted White Mountain historian, dies at the age of 85.

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5.7 Pinnacle Climb on Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington

September 21 2001, 1:38 PM 

Here's an interesting page with pix of Susan Ruff and Paulina Varchavskaia and their climb of the 5.7 Pinnacle on Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington.

Here's an excerpt from her announcement in rec.climbing
Sunday set out from Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center at 8:30am. Three
hours and thirty minutes of approach and gear sorting later, we started
off on the
classic Northwest Ridge 5.7*** of the Pinnacle in Huntington's Ravine.
Everything went splendidly, and we were swinging leads in cadence until
reached the summit of the Pinnacle at close to 6pm. Although there was
still daylight ahead, we opted to come down rather than go to the summit
Washington, - a good idea since the descent down Lionshead Trail took me
four hours due to weak knees. The concept of trekking poles (graciously
provided by Mike) was successfully tested on the approach, and
especially on the descent,

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Flag Removed From Between Eyes of Old Man of the Mountain

October 3 2001, 9:24 AM 

An American flag hung by five rock climbers over the Old Man stone profile in New Hampshire's Franconia Notch on Sunday was removed today because it was deemed a safety hazard to motorists.

Despite the apparent warm response to the flag, Rich McLeod, the state's director of Parks, told the Associated Press yesterday that the flag would be removed because it had been a distraction to drivers in Franconia Notch.

Bill Roy, mountain manager for nearby Canon Ski Area said he did not know how the climbers got the flag and 20-foot wooden pole up to the 1,200-foot high Old Man as there are no trails leading to the face.

The flagpole was secured in the Old Man's forehead, allowing the flag to wave between his eyes, according to the AP. Rock climbers and members of the Friends of Franconia Notch, Jake Urban, Larry Boehmler, Eric Pospesil, Garrett Slattery and Jon Sykes, author of Secrets of the Notch, a guide to climbing in Franconia Notch, had to scale up 600-foot Cannon Cliff with the flag and 20-foot flagpole to reach the Old Man, according to the Union Leader.

Here's the Union Leader Article

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MSNBC on Woman's Efforts to Buy 3 Million Acres Around Baxter

August 27 2001, 2:13 PM 

MSNBC has segment today on the owner and founder of cosmetics company Burt’s Bees, and some of her friends are now bargaining to purchase three million acres around Baxter State Park, hoping to donate them for a new national park. NBC’s Bob Dotson reports on the controversy.

The text is not available online however you can see a Real Media video.

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Maine Legislature Opposes Maine Woods National Park

September 21 2001, 9:37 AM 

The Chistrian Science Monitor has an article on Roxanne Quimby and her efforts to buy up land around Baxter State Park to from Maine Woods National Park.


But timberland is carefully guarded here,
where paper is to the state's identity what
oranges are to Florida. Ever since 1992,
when a conservation group called Restore:
The North Woods proposed a Maine Woods
National Park, the idea has met opposition
from loggers. The state Legislature has even
passed a resolution against the measure.

Now Quimby's quest, although it has a
certain Yankee ingenuity, is adding fresh
timber to the controversy. Opponents claim
it would replace dwindling jobs in the woods
with low-paying seasonal ones.

Moreover, Quimby is not about to relent. She's purchased more than
8,000 acres at a cost of more than $3 million, and a pending
acquisition includes another 5,700 acres.

But when she and her husband divorced, Quimby waitressed part
time to make ends meet. It was then that she met beekeeper Burt
Shavitz, another urban refugee, who was living in an
eight-by-eight-foot turkey-coop. In the early 1980s, Quimby started
making candles from Mr. Shavitz's leftover beeswax. "We just started
on the woodstove, dipping candles," says Quimby.

Meanwhile, interest in a Maine Woods National Park surged several
years ago after a series of large Maine Woods land sales. In only 18
months, one quarter of the state's land - an area the size of
Connecticut - changed hands. Environmentalists, already concerned
about clearcutting and herbicide spraying, began to worry more about
subdivisions and the loss of public access. When the Nature
Conservancy bought 185,000 acres in the Maine Woods, Quimby
donated $2 million.

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Roxanne Quimby to Sell NC-Based Burt's Bees to Concentrate on Maine National Park

April 23 2003, 10:20 AM 

DURHAM -- Roxanne Quimby, who built a tiny roadside business into a multimillion-dollar cosmetics company, is planning to sell Burt's Bees to pursue another passion: creating a national park.
The Durham company for several weeks has been accepting bids from interested buyers and plans to make an announcement today, said Jessica Barring of Behrman Communications, a New York public-relations company representing Burt's Bees.
Quimby, who founded the company in 1989 and is its majority owner, is expected to use much of the proceeds to continue buying land in Maine's North Woods, where she is crusading for a 3.2 million-acre national park. She has already spent about $8 million to acquire more than 15,000 acres.
The company's revenue topped $43.5 million last year, about five times its 1998 sales.
Quimby is no stranger to the North Woods. In the mid-1970s, after graduating from college with an art degree, she moved to Guilford, Maine, where she built a log cabin with no electricity or running water.
While hitchhiking, she met a local beekeeper, Burt Shavitz, who ran a roadside stand selling jars of honey. The two began selling Shavitz' honey in smaller jars with designer labels, then expanded into beeswax candles and polishes
Choosing not to leave New England, Shavitz sold his interest in the company to Quimby. Burt's outgrew its first two North Carolina homes in Creedmoor and North Raleigh before settling into its 72,000-square-foot location in Durham.

Burt's Bees

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Roxanne Quimby Buys Entire Township Next to Baxter

November 25 2003, 4:14 PM 

TOWNSHIP 5, RANGE 8 WELS, Maine - The co-founder of Burt's Bees Inc. has purchased an entire Maine township.
Maine resident Roxanne Quimby spent more than $12 million to purchase Township 5, Range 8 WELS from Irving Woodlands LLC. Quimby closed the $12 million deal Monday on the 24,083-acre township. The land is next to Baxter State Park.
Quimby says it is her goal is to purchase as much Maine wild land as possible and convert it to a national park. She now owns around 40,000 acres of Maine wildlands.

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National Geographic Article on Maine Woods

February 3 2004, 10:14 AM 

Should a national park that's bigger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined be established in the eastern United States? The idea has some high-profile supporters—but is it the best option for the future of Maine's storied North Woods? Many don't think so, particularly local residents who have enjoyed hunting and other traditional uses of the forest for generations.
Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, and other Hollywood 'A-listers' are among the big-name supporters of Americans for a Maine Woods National Park, an interest group that also includes scientists, educators, and environmentalists like Jane Goodall and Edward O. Wilson. The committee was founded by RESTORE: The North Woods, a conservation organization that's spearheading a protection plan for an enormous swath of woodlands in the U.S. East.

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Other states likely to have mountains on their quarters?

August 29 2001, 11:55 AM 

What are the other states that are likely to have mountains featured on their state quarters? I expect some of the obvious ones would be Washington and South Dakota, which already feature their most famous mountains (Mt. Rainier and Mt. Rushmore, respectively) on their state license plates.

Colorado also features mountains on its license plate, but not a specific mountain or range, but Colorado is the state that most of the masses think of first when they think of mountains, so it is likely that a famous Colorado mountain like Pikes Peak or the Maroon Bells will be featured on the Colorado quarter.

The Alaska design should likely have a representation of Mount McKinley on it, because McKinley is by far the biggest mountain in the USA. (Putting Denali on the AK quarter would also make such a quarter prized by many international numismatics, because Denali is well-known outside the USA).

What other states will people think will have mountains on their quarter design?

Ken Akerman
Highpointer and US Mint correspondent, Tempe AZ

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Mountains on State Quarters

April 23 2003, 12:10 PM 

I would think the Tetons or Devils Tower would be high on the list of things to put on the Wyoming quarter.
Yellowstone features are also going to be popular candidates.

Mt. Hood is an Oregon possibility, obviously.

West Virginia is actually called the Mountain State but there aren't really any landmark mountains. Don't know how famous Spruce Knob is. Maybe a generic mountain scene.

Montana means mountains in spanish so there's another obvious candidate. Generic mountains most likely.

California might consider some mountain locale, most likely Yosemite scenery before Whitney or Shasta but they've got a long list of possibilities.

Nebraska might consider Chimney Rock, the most remarkable natural feature there (not exactly a mountain). It's already on the license plates.

New Mexico might include their topography. The Acoma Pueblo built on a mesa top comes to mind as a strong candidate.

Idaho should consider some mountain scene just to shift the focus away from potatoes.

I bet Hawaii will consider Diamond Head and Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa somehow.

Arizona might consider mountains or Grand Canyon. Bet there's a Suguaro cactus somewhere.

Utah, Nevada are possibilities.

That's all I can think of except that Florida is least likely to have a topographical feature on their quarter.

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FL relief

November 26 2003, 4:14 PM 

That's all I can think of except that Florida is least likely to have a topographical feature on their quarter.

- - - a beach scene...could be considered topographical

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Mountain feature on a state quarter no longer exists

November 26 2003, 8:14 PM 

Reviewing my collection of state quarters, I noticed that the most prominent mountain feature displayed on a state quarter released so far, New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain, no longer exists .

I wonder if this could be a bad omen - what if Washington decides to feature Mount Rainier, or Oregon decides to feature Mount Hood, for example, and these volcanic mountains erupt?


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Half Dome on CA state quarter

March 30 2004, 10:28 AM 

Another peak has made it on a state quarter. No highpoints yet.
- John M.

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Mountains on CO quarter; design debates

March 11 2005, 11:06 AM 

Denver Post 3.10.05

Five finalists for the Colorado State Quarter are presented on the front page of today's paper. All depict mountains, even the one the focuses on Mesa Verde National Monument. Only one quarter represents an actual mountain - Pikes Peak. The others are just artist interpretations.

WSJ 12.29.03

Interesting & humorous article about the conflict that has risen regarding the designs on the state quarters. "This program wasn't suppose to be contentious but it's been nothing but one contretemps after another," says David Ganz.

Representative Michael Castle of Delaware came up with the idea in 1996 to 1) spur coin collecting, 2) celebrate our heritage, and 3) increase profit for the Treasury. Each Governor selects the final design for their state, usually after a panel of experts selects the finalists.

Regarding state designs . . .

Texas had to decide between the Alamo and an armadillo.

Illinois worried whether an ear of corn would confuse their quarter with Nebraska or North Dakota.

Minnesota had an unsuccesful campaign for a loon.

Kansas factions are debating whether to use a native bison or Dorothy & Toto.

Missouri protestors called the St. Louis arch a croquet hoop, and when one faction covered the coins with a sticker with their losing design, the Secret Service had to investigate the charges of defacement of money.

Vermont citizens have called their trees "goalposts."

New Hampshire's cliff design has crumbled and doesn't exist anymore.

Iowa's commission wanted the American Gothic couple but copyrights nixed that. So it was suggested that the Sullivan brothers be used (five WWII servicemen who died), but according to Mint rules there can not be busts on quarters which would compete with Washington's. Iowans settled on Arbor Day, but Nebraska called foul because they are home to the Arbor Day Foundation. One Nebraskan quipped, "That's so typical of Iowa." and wonders why they don't claim the Statue of Liberty while they're at it.

Designs can boost tourism. Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park saw a 15% increase in attendance when a diamond was on their quarter.

Wisonsin's Governor rejected the design of an Indian shaking hands with a trapper in favor of a cow and a wheel of chees, to which one citizen responded, "Just what we need, more cheesehead jokes."

Wisconsin's final design has an ear of corn, which has different numbers of leaves from diferent batches of coins. This error has made Wisconsin a highly collectible coin.

Mintages vary for different states, depending on the economy and the demand for quarters. The quarters in the first couple years have high mintages, but the quarters in subsequent years have lower numbers which reflects the recession. These lower mintages are harder to find and thus more valuable.

The Mint discourages similar-themed quarters, so there's been a competition between states for the space shuttle, light bulb, and Wright brothers. Typically, the earlier (based on date of admission to the Union) quarter will use the design.

There's been competition for the Rocky Mountains, with CO, WY, and MT all claiming those peaks. Wyoming's retired Senator says, "Nobody's taking our Mountains!" but the Colorado legislature laid claim to them. Colorado gets their coin in 2006 and WY and MT follow in 2007, so it appears that CO will get the Rockies.

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Colorado Quarter - mountain

May 25 2006, 1:05 PM 

Denver Post
P. 1B

Governor Owens pushed a button at the US Mint in Denver and produced the first Colorado Quarter (38th in series of 50) on May 24, 2006.

The quarters will be released June 14 and about 600 million will be produced. Look for them in change in early July. The amount produced varies according to the health of the economy and thus the need for change, therefore, some states' mintages are lower and are harder to find.

Colorado's First Lady, Frances Owens, headed a commission to pick a design of 1500 submitted. Governors are the ones that pick each states' design.

Once a subject of debate, the mountain design is based on Longs Peak, a Fourteener, a county highpoint, and a national park highpoint. Orginally, the design was submitted as a "symbolic" mountain, but mountaineers could see that it was Longs.

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I got a Colorado quarter today

December 15 2006, 2:12 AM 

While shopping at Sunflower Farmers Market in Tempe tonight, I got my first Colorado quarter in change.

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