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The Saddleback Hills are a small range of mountains on the western side of Sebago Lake, Maine, USA.  There are four major peaks, Douglas Hill, Webb Rowe Mountain, Winn Mountain and Bald Mountain. Webb Rowe Mountain was named for a local farmer, Lazarus Rowe, and his wife, Molly Weber, and Winn Mountain was named for another nearby settler.

Douglas Mountain, also called Douglas Hill, is named for John and Andrew Douglas, who settled nearby in about 1830. In the 1880s, a hotel, called Douglas Inn, was built near its base and operated successfully until it burned down in 1928. In 1892, a New York surgeon, Dr William Blackman, bought most of the acreage around and on the mountain and built himself a summer home and a guest cottage for visiting artists. In 1925, due to his efforts, a sixteen-foot stone tower was erected on the summit, affording incredible views in all directions. On a large boulder located on the summit, Blackman had a plaque placed with the Latin phrase Non sibi sed omnibus, which means "Not for one, but for all", solidifying his philosophy that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the view.

The Douglas Inn, on Douglas Mountain, was established by Stephen Pease Douglas and his family. It was later owned and operated by his son, Edward Stephen Douglas, for many years. It was a well advertised and popular summer destination for families and single travellers, as well as regular guests who came for the summers.



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