There are places in northern Maine that are so isolated, nobody’s bothered to name them. In fact, many are referred to simply by letters and numbers. But deep in the middle of T16 R7 near the Allagash River sits two rusting steam engines that have no rational business being there. And of course, there’s a story behind them.

A Time of Rebuilding

The late 1800s was a time of rebuilding after the Civil War, and lumber was a hot commodity. The lumberjacks worked hard in all types of weather, camping for weeks in the Maine wilderness, and cutting with nothing but handsaws. From there, the “rivermen” would float the massive logs down rivers and streams to the sawmills. It was a laborious process that took hundreds of men to accomplish.

A Time of Rebuilding

A Time of Rebuilding

A Time of Rebuilding

A Time of Rebuilding

A Time of Rebuilding

The Last Great Logging Men

In 1926, King Ed Lacroix, found a spot near Eagle Lake. Problem was, there was no railroad to get the logs to the Penobscot River. So he did what any entrepreneur would have done — he built one. Materials and flatcars were hauled into the woods, and a mini railroad was soon constructed. Stretching 13 miles through the Maine timberlands, it’s estimated that between 1926 and 1933, the railroad carried nearly a million cords of wood.

The Last Great Logging Men

The Last Great Logging Men

The Last Great Logging Men

The Last Great Logging Men

The Last Great Logging Men

The Great Depression

But by 1933, the Great Depression brought his business to an end. He moved on, leaving the railroad, engines, cars and everything else behind. They remain there today, symbolizing the ingenuity and hard work of the men that helped re-build America.

The Ghosts of the Allagash

The Ghosts of the Allagash

The Ghosts of the Allagash

The Ghosts of the Allagash

The Ghosts of the Allagash

The Spring '14 Collection

The Abington Spring 2014 Collection takes its inspiration from these men, and the toughness they displayed month after month, year after year. Made with premium full-grain leathers, durable materials and Vibram® outsoles, the collection is every bit as robust and resilient as they were.

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