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Originally built in 1822, this bridge allowed easy access between Portland and South Portland across the Fore River.
Until 1851, pedestrians paid two cents and horses six cents to cross the bridge. Military personnel at forts Preble and Williams crossed for free.
The bridge was repaired and rebuilt many times. It was known as the "gridiron of death" because of its dangerous intersection at the Portland end.
It was replaced in 1916 by the "Million Dollar Bridge."
About This Item
- Title: Portland-South Portland bridge, ca. 1890
- Creation Date: circa 1890
- Subject Date: circa 1890
- South Portland, Cumberland County, ME
- Portland, Cumberland County, ME
- Media: Glass Negative
- Collection: Portland Harbor Museum, Angell Collection
- Object Type: Image
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