Birds and Fish of the Kennebec
[Historical information excerpt at bottom of marker]
Old Fort Western and downtown Augusta sit on the site of ancient Cushnoc, the Abenaki word signifying the head of tide on the Kennebec River. Although according to the archaeological record not a significant Native American site, Cushnoc was the location of an important Pilgrim fur trading post (1628-1661). Fort Western was built here in 1754 as a fortified storehouse in support of Fort Halifax, 17 miles up-river. The area now comprises the Heart of Augusta, the Capital City's traditional economic and business center.
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• Cushnoc Trading Post
Now the site of the First Church of Christ, Scientist
• Fort Western
Fort, Store and house, 1754-1810
• The Heart of Augusta [aerial photo]
Erected by the City of Augusta.
Location. 44° 18.99′ N, 69° 46.283′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Cony Street and the East Side of the Kennebec River Bridge, on the left when traveling west on Cony Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Also see . . . Old Fort Western History. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.