Plan of Cushings Island, ca. 1888

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Plan of Cushings Island, ca. 1888

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Lemuel Cushing planned to turn this island into a summer resort and built the Ottawa House hotel there.

Lemuel's son, Francis Cushing, formed the Cushing's Island Company in 1883 and hired Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot to design a summer resort.

The first Ottawa House was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1888. The second Ottawa House burned down in 1917 and was not rebuilt.

The US Army began acquiring land on the island in the 1890s to build Fort Levett.

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About This Item

  • Title: Plan of Cushings Island, ca. 1888
  • Creator: Ilsley & Cummings
  • Creation Date: circa 1888
  • Subject Date: circa 1888
  • Local Name: Cushing Island
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper, map
  • Dimensions: 23 cm x 39 cm
  • Local Code: Map FF 149
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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