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Historical Items

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Item 8678

Casco No. 5 fire engine, Portland, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866 Location: Portland Media: Photoprint

Item 16928

Great Fire of Portland from Eastern Cemetery, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866-07-04 Location: Portland Media: Oil on canvas

Item 35624

View of Portland after the great fire, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866-07-06 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper, lithograph

Tax Records

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Item 65231

77 Newbury Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Raffaele Frascone Use: Dwelling - Single family


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Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.


Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.


The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ

A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.

Site Pages

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future

The name "New" Portland was thus due to its roots to the original Portland. People came to live there in 1783, but the town was officially…

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - North New Portland Village

New Portland Fair 1951Item Contributed byNew Portland Historical Society In 1906 a corporation for a water company was formed. Warren B. Clark, E.

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Life on a Tidal River - The Bangor Fire of 1911 - Page 1 of 2

… for the Portland conflagration of 1866." (“Bangor Fire”) The fire began around 4:00 on the afternoon of April 30th in a hay shed owned by J.

My Maine Stories

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making light
by David Johansen

My relationship with Maine and how and why I make neon lights here.


My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


We will remember
by Sam Kelley

My service in the Vietnam War