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Since the 1830s the Shin Pond Road (SR 159) through Patten has been a major artery for the lumber industry. In the early days, horses pulled supply-laden wagons along the rough trace to remote lumber camps. There loggers with axes and handsaws cut millions of board feet of pine and spruce, then hauled it out with ox teams or drove it down the Penobscot River to Bangor.
Patten developed as a trading, supply and business center for the lumber interests. Its primary industry is the manufacture of plywood and other wood products. The community also caters to hunters and anglers bound for the deep woods and recreationists who follow SR 159 to Baxter State Park.
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