Nugget of truth in 'them thar Maine hills' Persistence can pay off when panning for golf in the Swift River valley
Anyone who has made the trek off U.S. Route 2 on their way to the Rangeley Lake region can attest to the sign's truth in advertising. The scenery is among the best the western mountains have to offer. The road winds through the Swift River valley, flanked by mountains both east and west. At its end is the lakes region of Rangeley and Oquossoc, and a myriad of wilderness and lakeside experiences.
But the lure and lore of the river is more than scenery. Journalists writing about the river and its attraction over the past 100 years repeatedly fall back on a time-worn headline "Thar's gold in them thar hills!" But it is just that type of headline that makes the locals shake their heads.
Yes, there is gold in the river. Yes, there is gold in Maine's western mountains. But the riches are not what headlines of the past might have would-be miners dreaming about.
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