Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Captain Albert W. Stevens / Le Capitaine Albert W. Stevens
— The Museum in the Streets —
Famed aerial photographer and Belfast native Army Air Corps Captain Albert W. Stevens captured his hometown on film in September 1923. It is interesting to see the newly built Memorial Bridge, the open fields of the east side and the steamboat heading away from the dock. Stevens served in WWI taking aerial photographs of German positions. On November 11, 1935, he commanded the flight of Explorer II, a helium balloon that ascended to a record altitude of 72,395' (13.71 miles). The first to reach the stratosphere, the mission was co-sponsored by the Army Air Corps and the National Geographic Society and provided scientific data. During this historic flight Stevens took the first photographic image showing the curvature of the earth. A copy of this photograph is on display at the Belfast Museum.
Erected 2004 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 25.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Belfast, Maine
Location. 44° 25.698′ N, 69° 0.227′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Front Street near Main Street. The marker is on the southeast side of the parking lot at City Landing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Conflagration / La grande conflagration (a few steps from this marker); The Finest and the Fastest / Le plus rapides et les plus racés (a few steps from this marker); Making a Living / Gagner sa vie (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Circus Comes to Town / Le cirque arrive ! (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Oldest Manufacturer / Le plus ancien fabricant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broiler Capital of the World / Capitale du poulet rôti (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Windsor Hotel / L'Hôtel Windsor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
More about this marker. Marker #25 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
Also see . . . Albert William Stevens - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Transcription of the French text • Can you help?