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Acadia National Park Dedicates Monument to Ranger Karl A. Jacobson

BAR HARBOR –Acadia National Park has dedicated a monument in honor of Karl A. Jacobson who was killed in the line of duty in 1938 at Acadia National Park. The monument is located at the Schoodic Woods Ranger Station in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park.

On Friday November 11, 1938, Park Ranger Karl A. Jacobson was patrolling the perimeter of the park to ensure illegal hunting was not occurring on park lands. Jacobson was shot by a hunter who had seen movement along the cleared boundary and the hunter accidentally assumed the movement was a deer. Jacobson was hospitalized but the twenty-two-year-old newlywed died on Sunday, November 13, 1938.

“Ranger Jacobson served to protect people and the resources of the park,” said Deputy Superintendent Michael Madell. “We honor the sacrifice of Ranger Jacobson and the dedication of all our current law enforcement officers.”

The Karl A. Jacobson memorial consists of a bronze plaque and the iconic Park Ranger campaign hat mounted on a large pink granite boulder placed by Freshwater Stone, Orland, Maine. A full listing of national park law enforcement rangers killed in the line of duty is available at “A Legacy of Honor.”

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