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Old 05-18-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Telephone Line in the Five Ponds Wilderness (near Cowhorn Pond)

When hiking the Cranberry Lake 50 last fall, my friend and I noticed the remains of a phone line that followed the trail between Cowhorn Pond and Olmstead Pond. Does anyone know what this phone line had been used for? What two locations did it connect? I'm guessing it maybe had something to do with private land and the camps on the south shore of Cranberry Lake, but it couldn't have been a primary means of communication for these camps, as it seems like it would've been easier to run a cable across the bottom of the lake. Perhaps it connected another camp, more remote, to the outside world?

The insulators were still quite visible, and a fair number of them were still attached to trees along the trail. We also found remains of the telephone wire itself along the trail, although it looked like it had been cut in numerous places.

I got some pictures of it:

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:53 AM   #2
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...possibly the old line to the former fire tower atop Cat Mtn? Maybe a private connection 'tween the large tourist retreat/hunting camp at Ash Pond and their more spartan advance camp at High Falls?
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:36 AM   #3
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Cool! I'm willing to bet that at the other end you'll find the remains of a logging camp. It looks like a pretty temporary job.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:38 AM   #4
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There were lines run between the main camp on the South Shore, (Nunns Inn and later it became the Indian Mt. Club), both long gone, and some of their backwoods camps. They had camps at Cat Mt Pond, Darning Needle Pond,and a few more.
A number of the camps on the South Shore are the cottages that were associated with Nunns.

The South Shore had telephone service for a number of years. A line ran from Chairrock Lodge to the "mainland "under the lake.It was used by the Lodge for making dinner reservations. Also for awhile a connector line ran from the Lodge to the Barber Point Bio Station and then to the 'mainland". . The phone at the lodge was very popular with the summer residents of the South Shore. It has been probably over 30 years since it was operational.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:10 AM   #5
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Was one of their camps also at Bassout Pond? I found remains of a camp there, off of a very visible but unmarked side trail from the CL 50.
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