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Helen Hamlin (1917-2004), the author of Nine Mile Bridge: Three Years in the Maine Woods, was born and raised in the northern Aroostook County town of Fort Kent, Maine. Growing up in a family of game wardens, she had a deep appreciation for the culture of the North Woods and its inspirational beauty — a love that lasted her entire life. As the wife of a fish game warden, she lived deep in the Maine wilderness and taught school in a remote lumber camp. Later, Hamlin ran the Parmachenee Club (a private hunting and fishing club on Treat’s Island), worked as a portrait painter, wrote a best-selling book, served as a French translator in Africa, and traveled the world.
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