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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.