View from Portland Observatory, ca. 1900

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View from Portland Observatory, ca. 1900

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Lemuel Moody built the 86-foot tall Portland Observatory to display signal flags in order to alert waterfront businesses about the identity of vessels arriving in port.

Taking advantage of the open pastures on Munjoy Hill, Moody also built a banquet space, dance hall, and Maine's first bowling alley in the area.

The Portland Company is visible along the waterfront.

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  • Title: View from Portland Observatory, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Collection: Angell Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-1316

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