Posted a quick piece
on a Bug Light and noticed my Portland
entry has a â€śboat loadâ€ť of reviews but no regular entry.So its time to tidy this entry up and offer a
few thoughts on Portland.
The important thing
to realize is that Portland
is a peninsula with an extended and well protected harbor that eventually led
to successful settlement despite the bitter winters.It would also lead to Portland serving as the home for the US
Atlantic Fleet during WWII.An
interesting legacy of Portland is that Portland, Oregon is named
after its sister in Maine â€“ a Mainer was
involved in establishing the town in Oregon
and won a coin toss to earn the rights (otherwise it would have been Boston, Oregon).
Many things about Portland involve change â€“ it was originally part of a town
(now a town just north), with the harbor area becoming known as Falmouth
Neck.It wasnâ€™t until after America gained independence that the village was
re-named Portland.And even then, the entire state was part of Massachusetts!
In 1820 Maine broke away to become an independent State, with Portland as its capital.Even this changed, with Augusta
becoming the capital in 1832 despite most of the population subsisting near Portland (today around 500,000 of Maineâ€™s
1.3 million inhabitants live in the greater Portland area).Receiving and building ships would be the
hallmark of Portland
industry, more recently being supplanted by tourism.
Old Port, replete
with cobblestone streets, boat docks and old brick buildings is far and away
the most prosperous district these days, but as late as the 1970â€™s it was a
run-down bastion for derelicts.Truly a
testament to sage city planning, the town and community came together to rehab
this wonderful area.Still, there are
many other great neighborhoods with interesting facets: do a web search on the
East End, the West End, the Arts District or
Munjoy Hill and you will turn up something of interest.Or just ask me --- if you havenâ€™t noticed I
enjoy talking about Maine!
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