It is not known exactly when the first galamander was built or even where the idea came from. Some stories say the galamander was designed here in Vinalhaven by Elder Littlefield who worked as a blacksmith during the granite era.
In 2007 the galamander, which sits beside the Band Stand, was painted and while it appears to be in sound condition, two wheels show signs of deterioration and will soon need costly repairs.
2012: The roof covering the galamander was reshingled.
2017: It was noticed that the large rear wheels are beginning to toe out. The large granite block that was attached under the galamander was released to relieve some of the strain on the axel. Two jacks were also placed under the rear axel to relieve further stress. The Historical Society and Town of Vinalhaven are actively looking at options for restoring the wheels.