This little card — it's five inches wide — served as both the admission ticket and route map for an attraction called the Desert of Maine in Freeport, Maine. The ticket/map was printed by the Globe Ticket Company in Boston, Massachusetts.
according to Wikipedia, a "a 40-acre tract of exposed glacial silt (a sand-like substance, but finer-grained than sand) surrounded by a pine forest." It's been a tourist attraction since 1925, when it was purchased for just $300 from the frustrated family that could no longer farm the land.
The map has 19 marked points. Here's the legend for those points, taken from the other side of the card:
1. Desert of Maine Gift Shop
2. Fascinating sand designers
3. The original barn of the once-fertile Tuttle Farm
4. One of the many vari-colored sand beds — Use the trowel and see how many colors you can find.
5. Remains of the original Tuttle homestead boundary posts
6. Moss beds
7. An excellent vantage point for picture-taking
8. Here lies an apple tree which was completely buried in 1953.
9. Another vari-colored sand bed
10. Another excellent point of vantage for photographers
11. The almost-completely buried Spring House built in 1938
12. Birches surviving the encroaching sea of sand
13. The Desert of Maine's highest dune — 75 feet
14. Clay beds, always moist
15. Last vestiges of the original Tuttle farm orchard
16. Indian tepee (A good place to get a photo of the "chief" of the family)
17. Indian shop
18. Desert of Maine Oasis refreshments
19. The famous Desert of Maine register. Please check your state or country and record your visit.
At the Desert of Maine today, admission is $10.50 for adults and a little less for those age 16 and under. It offers narrated coach tours, walking tours, nature trails, gemstone hunts, the opportunity to fill your own sand bottle, camping, disc golf and a butterfly room.
Has anyone ever been there?