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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
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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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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 sw... 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 hi... Read MORE...



1876 - Summer Snow Storm
July 4 freak snowstorm struck Portland


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 c... Read MORE...



1911 - July 4 - Temperature reached 103°F

The Weather Channel


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, w... 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.

The Weather Channel


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

Cobb
female Grace A Cobb (22 Apr 1878, Raymond, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 29 OCT 1967, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

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

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

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

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

Johnson
male George W Johnson (29 Oct 1840, Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 29 Dec 1899, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

McKenna
female Elizabeth (Lizzie) McKenna (4 Feb 1869, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - 17 Mar 1956, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

Potter
male Charles H Potter (18 Apr 1847, Naples, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 08 Mar 1929, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)

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

Robinson
male Raymond E Robinson (24 Sep 1907, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 16 Jan 1913, Minot, Androscoggin, Maine, USA)

Seavey
male Edwin Forrest Seavey (19 Apr 1846, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 22 Jan 1932, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, USA)

True
male William H True (01 Mar 1825, Freeport, Cumberland, Maine, USA - 23 Jan 1897, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA)
 


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