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") is the highest mountain in the U.S. state
at 5,267 feet (1,605 m). Named Katahdin
by the Penobscot Indians
, which means "The Greatest Mountain",
Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park
. It is a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion
weathered to the surface. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England
Katahdin was known to the Native Americans
in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata.
The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter
starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail
, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness
The mountain is commonly called just "Katahdin",
and "Baxter Peak" and "Mount Katahdin" are used interchangeably in Google Earth and Baxter State Park in official publications.
The official name is "Mount Katahdin" as decided by the US Board on Geographic Names in 1893.
The model is created at a scale of 1:35,000 with 1.5x vertical exaggeration. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources: USDA, USGS