Finally a sunny day!
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The weather up here has not been so good to go out walking around in. Today we finally got a sunny day and I had some spare time so my brother and I drove over to Fort knox State Historic site in Bucksport to check out the fort and the new observatory they built in the new Pen-Narrows bridge.
We first drove down the road to the parking area for the observatory, you can actually appreciate how high it is when you are standing at the base of the bridge. The bridge crosses over the Penobscott River, which is the largest river in Maine, it connects Prospect and Verona Island which leads right into Bucksport. In the early years the only way to cross at this point was by a ferry, then in fall of 1931 the Waldo Hancock bridge was opened.
We walked into the huge structure and waited for our elevator, it takes almost a minute to get to the top. The guide gave us a quick intro to what we would see once we stepped out of the elevator, which included a qucik warning.
After snapping pictures in every direction we headed back down, and drove over to Fort Knox. Once we got inside the fort, we realized we did not bring flashlights. Even though my video cam had infared, it was no match for the darkness of the tunnels. We walked carefully throught the tunnels, and made our way to the main portion of the fort. A qucik fun fact about this fort, the granite that was used came from nearby Mount Waldo. Granite from Mount Waldo was also used in the construction of the Washington Mountument in Washington D.C.
Fort knox was commisioned in 1844 to protect the river valley from possibly British invasions. Since Maine is known for lumber, back in the Revolutionary War and The War of 1812, the Biritish invaded to controll the lumber coming down the river valley. The Fort saw it first troops in 1863 and was active even up untill the Spanish American War in 1898. From what I hear it is also rumored to be haunted which I thought was fantastic, even though I did not see any ghosties while I was there.