Monday, October 2, 2006

Penobscot Place Names

The Bangor Daily News has done a great thing in making available online (in pdf form) its recent Naming Places: The Penobscot Way.

I didn't know this about Millinocket:

Millinocket also is named for its meaning - lake of various-shaped islands.

"Millinocket has nothing to do with the fact it's got a mill there," Francis said. "It's actually named for the lake. If you look at Millinocket Lake, there's actually dozens of islands of various shapes."

Folk etymology let us down again.



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