The Seven Wonders of Maine
I missed the special series the Press Herald published in August about the "Seven Wonders of Maine." On their list: Moxie Falls, the L. C. Bates Museum, Coos Canyon, Pineland Farms, Swan Island, the Old Sow Whirlpool, and Machias Seal Island. Each place was allotted a couple of stories and an online slideshow.
Coos Canyon Rock & Gift, across the street from the rest stop, rents gold panning equipment.
You can rent a plastic pan for $2 a day, and a sluice box, which uses the river's current to separate the gold from sand, for $20.
The shop, which opened in 1956, displays some of the gold found in the river, including a 41.5-gram nugget worth $413.
The shop's proprietors are Mary White and her daughter, Rosey White-Susbury, who is also the town clerk.
"Gold - bought, sold and lied about here!" says a sign outside the shop. [Link]