Monday, March 25, 2013

Better Know a Street: MacMillan Road

MacMillan Road is an obscure little street nestled off of Congress Street near Bramhall Square. The road doesn't have any buildings directly on it and is only about 200 feet long, connecting parking lots for Holt Hall and the Bramhall Fire Station to Congress Street. 

What drew me to photograph this not-so-picturesque street was actually the name of the street itself. According to an article on the Portland Club's website,  MacMillan Road is named after Donald MacMillan (1874-1970). He was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts but spent a good portion of his life in Maine. MacMillan is best known for his arctic expeditions in the early 1900's. He famously accompanied fellow Mainer Robert Peary on his quest to be the first man to reach the North Pole in 1908 as part of his support team (although MacMillan had to turn around before reaching the Pole).