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    Paddling the Kennebec on Arnold’s trail - Betty Adams photo via AP | of | Share this photo

    This Aug. 24, 2014, photo shows Wyman Lake along the Kennebec River. The dam-created lake didn’t exist at the time of Benedict Arnold’s expedition on the Kennebec in 1775, but it follows his men’s trail to its narrower, shallower northern end, where the troops bore west at Carrying Place and across the highlands to the Dead River. That was the most direct route to their Canadian destination.

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    This April 12 photo shows the 1765 home of Reuben Colburn in Pittston, 10 miles south of Augusta. It was here, near the banks of the Kennebec River, that Colburn built about 200 wooden bateaux for an expedition on the river led by Benedict Arnold. Arnold, who later became a traitor in America’s War of Independence against Great Britain, slept in Colburn’s home.

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    Paddling the Kennebec on Arnold’s trail - Daniel Marquis/Kennebec Valley Tourism Council via AP | of | Share this photo

    This undated photo supplied by the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council shows the Kennebec River in Maine along U.S. Route 201 in Somerset County. Benedict Arnold led an 1,100-member expedition on a 170-mile trip on the river in 1775 — several years before Arnold’s name became synonymous with “traitor.” It’s possible to retrace the route today by boat, but easier to go in the direction opposite to Arnold’s trip in order to take advantage of the river’s north-to-south flow.

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    Paddling the Kennebec on Arnold’s trail - Betty Adams photo via AP | of | Share this photo

    Glenn Adams appears with a canoe May 3 at Pleasant Pond in Richmond, which flows into the Kennebec River. Adams canoed, kayaked and motorboated the Kennebec, following the trail of Benedict Arnold’s 1775 expedition to Quebec. Adams did the trip in the opposite direction, using the river’s natural north-to-south flow.

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