Postcards, Posters, and Other Vintage Travel Images #4
Fort Allen Park, Portland, Maine (vintage postcard)1
“Fort Allen Park is a 9.33 acres (3.78 ha) public park on the Eastern Promenade. It is the site of Fort Allen, which was active in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812; only a few earthworks remain. The park is home to an American Civil War monument in the form of a granite bench dedicated in 1929. It honors the Union Army. Fort Allen Park is also the home of the mast of the USS Portland, a heavy cruiser commissioned by the United States Navy in 1933. Portland was the only United States ship to participate in all four Pacific aircraft carrier battles of 1942: Coral Sea in May, Midway in June, Eastern Solomons in August, and Santa Cruz Islands in October. Portland was then damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November.2”
This image from Google Streets shows the modern (August 2017) Fort Allen Park in Portland, Maine, from near the same perspective as the old post card image.
- “Fort Allen Park, Portland, Maine.” Card. [ca. 1930–1945]. Digital Commonwealth, ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/3n2040807 (accessed December 18, 2017).
- Eastern Promenade – Wikipedia: “The Eastern Promenade (Eastern Prom) is a historic promenade, 68.2-acre (27.6 ha) public park and recreation area in Portland, Maine. Construction of the Promenade began in 1836 and continued periodically until 1934. The 1.5-mile (2.4 km) park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers design firm and experienced its greatest expansion from the 1880s to the 1910s. The Promenade rings around the Munjoy Hill neighborhood and occupies the farthest eastern portion of Portland’s peninsula. The Promenade is home to many historical sites, including a mass grave and the mast of the USS Portland.”
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