“My name is Ryan McPike; I was born in Bangor, Maine. I have lived in Hampden, Maine (one of the easiest zip codes, 04444) for 27 of my 38 years of being.

I chose this photo for multiple reasons. It is my wedding day; we were both 36 when we married and both grew up together but never spoke until I moved back at age 30. We were married on the coast 25 miles from Hampden at a beautiful estate. Another key reason I chose this photo is because of the ocean. A large part of my salt company’s business is supplying the bait and lobster industry so the Atlantic Ocean helps provide me a living. I also love the ocean and visit have been visiting the Florida Keys for 6 years and plan to retire there if ever possible.” – Ryan McPike

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Header image: map of Northeast Houston in 1922, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

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