Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Portland Harbor, and Islands
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Portland Harbor, and Islands
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
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Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Union Station
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Union Station
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Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Congress Street, from High, Portland, Maine
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Congress Street, from High, Portland, Maine
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Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Hay's Corner, Portland, Maine
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Hay's Corner, Portland, Maine
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Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
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Where is Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA?  The first European to attempt settlement was Christopher Levett, an English naval captain who was granted 6,000 acres (24 km2) from the King of England in 1623 to found a permanent settlement in Casco Bay. Levett proposed naming it York after York, England, the town of his birth. A member of the Plymouth Council for New England and an agent for Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor of Maine, he returned to England and wrote a book about his voyage, hoping to generate support for the settlement. But his efforts yielded little interest, and Levett never returned to Maine. He did sail to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 to confer with Governor John Winthrop, but died during return passage to England on the toilet. It's unknown what became of the men he left behind at Machigonne. Fort Levett, built in 1894 on Cushing Island in Portland Harbor, is named for him.
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1786 - Portland, Maine founded
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News 1866 - Terrible Conflagration in Portland, Me. Half of the City Destroyed by Fire!
A TRACK ONE MILE AND A HALF LONG SWEPT BY THE FLAMES!
ALL THE BANKS GONE!
PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN RUINS - A MAJORITY OF THE BUSINESS HOUSES BURNED -FIFTY HOUSES BLOWN UP - THE PEOPLE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES - IMMENSE LOSS OF PROPERTY - THE FIRE STILL RAGING.
PORTLAND, July 4. - A terrible fire is here, having destroyed Brown's sugar house, and is sweeping through the city before a strong southerly wind.

SECOND DESPATCH[sic].
8 P. M.---The fire caught in the building above the sugar house on C... Read MORE...

News 1870 - Train Accident
Thursday afternoon as the five o'clock train on the Portland & Rochester road was making up at the depot in Portland, Walter Mace, a lad eight years old, and son of Mr. John Mace, baggage master, on the Portland & Kennebec railroad, attempted to get on a baggage car, when he slipped and fell upon the track, and the engine and tender ran over the hip, and also cutting off an arm. He was taken up and conveyed to his home on Lincoln street, and a physician called who amputated both legs and the arm... Read MORE...

1876 - Summer Snow Storm
July 4 freak snowstorm struck Portland

1886 - Portland
Portland, eminent for its business facilities, for the healthfulness and beauty of its situation, and for the enterprise and urbanity of its citizens, occupies the chief harbor on Casco Bay, in the southern part of Cumberland County. Being the nearest port on the Atlantic coast to the cities of the St. Lawrence, and having a harbor safe and Convenient for the largest ocean-steamers, and open at all seasons, it has naturally become the chief seaport of the Canadas, as well as of Western Maine, an... Read MORE...


1898 - Portland - The Gem of Casco Bay by Samuel T. Pickard
PORTLAND enjoys a peculiar distinction among New England cities, not only by reason of the natural advantages of her location, but because of the historical events of which she has been the theatre, and the men of mark in literature, art, and statesmanship whom she has produced. Among the indentations of the Atlantic coast there is no bay which presents a greater wealth and variety of charming scenery, in combination with the advantages of a safe and capacious harbor, than that on which Portland... Read MORE...


News 1908 - Million Dollar Blaze this Morning at Portland, Maine
Fire Started in the City Hall, Destroying County Records for the Past One Hundred Years - the Fire Chief Badly Hurt.

Portland, Maine, Jan 24. - A conflagration visited this city early this morning and was not under control till ten o'clock this morning. The flames were fanned by a howling northwest storm, and threatened the destruction of the city. The city hall and the Methodist church were the principal buildings destroyed.

Fire Chief Eldridge was badly injured; he was struck by a heav... Read MORE...

1911 - July 4 - Temperature reached 103°F
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News 1912 - FLEE BERTHED SHIPS ABLAZE Captains and Crews Narrowly Escape In Portland Wharf Fire.
PORTLAND, Me., June 30 - Portland's water front, the scene of several big fires, was again seriously threatened by flames early today, when damage of more than $100,000 was caused in a wharf blaze. Two Boston vessels, the barkentine Kremlin and the three-masted schooner Sallie I'On, which had just finished discharging lumber from a Southern port, were burned so badly that they can never go to sea again. The crews of both had narrow escapes.

Beakes's Wharf, where the fire started, and State St... Read MORE...

January 24, 1935 - Snowstorms hit the northeastern U.S. and the Pacific Northwest producing record 24 hour snowfall totals of 23 inches at Portland ME and 52 inches at Winthrop MA.
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February 16, 1943 - Record cold prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The mercury plunged to -39 degrees at Portland ME.
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1953 - December 1 - WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
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Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here




Bowen
Alfred William Bowen (2 March 1900, Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA - 11 March 1982, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)
Lyman Leavitt Bowen (04 April 1894, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA - 25 February 1921, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Cobb
Grace A Cobb (22 April 1878, Raymond, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 29 October 1967, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA) gravestone

Edwards
Celia Ann Edwards (10 May 1853, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - bet. 1930-1940, )

French
David M French (1821, Porter, Oxford, Maine, USA - 24 June 1871, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)
David Moulton French (26 September 1893, Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine, USA - 13 March 1991, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Gowen
Fred William Gowen (26 July 1881, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills) - 2 November 1968, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Harnois
Noe Harnois (30 August 1883, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills) - 11 May 1975, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Johnson
George W Johnson (29 October 1840, Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 29 December 1899, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (27 February 1807, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 24 March 1882, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA)

McKenna
Elizabeth (Lizzie) McKenna (4 February 1869, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - 17 March 1956, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Potter
Charles H Potter (18 April 1847, Naples, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 08 March 1929, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Pratt
Butler Hillman Pratt (6 August 1924, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 5 August 2007, Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Robinson
Raymond E Robinson (24 September 1907, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 16 January 1913, Minot, Androscoggin, Maine, USA)

Seavey
Edwin Forrest Seavey (19 April 1846, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 22 January 1932, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, USA)

True
William H True (01 March 1825, Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 23 January 1897, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)
 


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