“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bucksport in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Rich in Heritage

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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
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A Past of Ports
The Penobscot River has played an important role in the history and development of the Town of Bucksport. This site where you are standing was once occupied by a commercial wharf, one of many along Bucksport's waterfront in the 1800's and early 1900's. Remnants of the wharf's pier supports can be seem at low tide, and evidence of several other wharves can be seen along the shoreline. Just to the right where a tanker dock is now located was once home to a steamship wharf operated by the Eastern' Steamship

Passengers await the arrival of the next steamship ferry. The wharf in the background was located where you are now standing.

Ancient Homeland
In 1891, a previously unknown prehistorical burial site was accidentally unearthed during an excavation activity near the shores of the Penobscot River in Bucksport. Workers noticed that the soil they had exposed had an unusual red tint, which was found to be caused by the presence of red ochre, a natural pigment of the mineral hematite. Further digging revealed stone tools and weapons that had been coated with a mixture of crushed
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hematite and animal oil. Archeologists determined that the site demonstrated a burial tradition practiced by native cultures in North America between 3,000 and 9,500 years ago. Unfortunately, the stone artifacts were removed after they were found and the site was not preserved. Out of respect to the Wabanaki People, it is expected that appropriate protective measures will be taken should any remaining evidence of this sacred burial ground ever be found.

Times and Places
Several buildings built generations ago still stand proudly along the streets of Bucksport, spared from devastating fires and the ravages of time. Nine are currently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Wilson Hall, with its large white bell tower, sits up on the hill directly behind where you are standing and is a prominent landmark on the Bucksport skyline, easily spotted by ships coming into port.

The nine buildings listed on the Registry are shown in the above photomontage by Emeric Spooner: (top row) the Elm Street Congregational Church and it's Parish House, Ison Hall, the Buck Memorial Library, (center row) the Duck Cove School, the Bucksport Railroad Station, the Phineas Heyw0ood House, (bottom row) the Brown-Pilsbury Double House, the James Emery House, and the Jed Prouty Tavern and Inn.

Crossing Bridges
The bridge seen across
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
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the bay may be unique, one of only a few in the world with observatories, but so too was the Waldo Hancock Bridge, which carried vehicles across the river for 75 years before being closed in 2006. The bridge was awarded First Prize in 1931 by the American Institute of Steel Construction, as the Most Beautiful Bridge constructed in the United States. It was the first long-span suspension bridge erected in Maine, as well as the first permanent bridge across the Penobscot River below Bangor. The bridge was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places until its demolition in 2013. The view of the majestic span over the Narrows may be gone, but its impact to the development of this area will never be forgotten.

Steamship ferry Boston passing under the Waldo Hancock Bridge.

Visit the Buck Memorial Library to learn more about the people and places of Bucksport.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 44° 34.407′ N, 68° 47.96′ W. Marker is in Bucksport, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maine Route 15) and 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Marker is on the Bucksport Waterfront Walkway near the intersection of Main and First Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bucksport ME 04416, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers.
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Times of War (here, next to this marker); Of Ships and Men (here, next to this marker); River of Life (here, next to this marker); Looking to the Future (here, next to this marker); 75 Years of Quality Paper Making (within shouting distance of this marker); Bucksport, Maine (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Penobscot Expedition (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Town of Bucksport (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bucksport.
More about this marker. Marker is the first of a set of five near the north end of the walkway.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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