How did a mountain get the name Moose’s Bosom — And what’s afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker and author Steve Pinkham will share the answers along with many other intriguing facts at his slide/talk Saturday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220.

In his book “Mountains In Maine,” Pinkham provides quirky and humorous information on the origins of place names, along with the local legends. Many of Maine’s mountains and hills were named descriptively including Long Mountain, Bald Mountain and Round Mountain, while others were named for the early trappers, hunters and pioneers. Other mountains and geographic locations were named in memory of well-known people such as Thoreau Spring at Katahdin. There were tragic stories, comic stories and even tall tales used in naming the hills and mountains of Maine.

Pinkham, who lives in Quincy, Mass., is past president of the Chiltern Mountain Club and an active outdoorsman. He has backpacked the entire section of the Appalachian Trail in New England, has climbed the 100 highest mountains in New England and climbed over 150 mountains and hills in Maine.

Copies of Pinkham’s book will be available for purchase (cash or checks only). This free program sponsored by the Friends Of The Library is open to the public. For more information, call the library at 832-4484 or visit the library’s Web site at

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