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The story of Fort Allen Park

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2021
1. The story of Fort Allen Park Marker
Inscription.  
In the 1800s, this panoramic view could only be admired while standing in a field strewn with ash heaps and boulders. At the turn of 19th century, City Engineer William Goodwin created a plan for this park, whic Mayor James P. Baxter brings into bein.

Over time, memorials and artifacts marking other historic events were added. In 2014, the next generation of visionaries restored the park so that future generations will be able to enjoy the enduring treasure that is Fort Allen Park.

A bold vision for our public parks
"Such ground should have an approach commensurate with the value of the outlook"
— William A. Goodwin, Portland City Engineer, writing in 1868 about his dream for this dramatic vista

"Fort Allen lot, then unsightly with ash heaps, had to be taken in hand…" — James P. Baxter, Portland Mayor, 1905

"…and in a remarkable short space of time, transformed a piece of rough ground into the beautiful park which it now is, a delight to our citizens and thousands of visitors to our city"
— James P. Baxter,
The story of Fort Allen Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2021
2. The story of Fort Allen Park Marker
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Portland Mayor, 1905

An impressive view of history
Fort Allen Park features a panorama of American history as broad as its stunning view. Learn more about key moments honoring America's past from signs located throughout the park.
1. Civil War guns, 1814 Earthworks
2. You are here
3. Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War veterans camped nearby on the Promenade
4. Cannon from the U.S.S. Battleship Maine 1898
5. After mast from the U.S.S. Portland WWII Memorial 1945

 
Erected by Friends of the Eastern Promenade.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US CivilWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2014.
 
Location. 43° 39.94′ N, 70° 14.459′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Eastern Promenade and Morning Street, on the right when traveling north on Eastern Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Eastern Promenade, Portland ME 04101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War guns (here, next to this marker); Why build Fort Allen? (here, next to this marker); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park GAR memorial
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(within shouting distance of this marker); 20,000 Civil War veterans tent here (within shouting distance of this marker); 1893 Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Portland Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Honoring those who served (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Aug. 12, 2022