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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Augusta, Maine

Clickable Map of Kennebec County, Maine and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kennebec County, ME (70) Androscoggin County, ME (50) Franklin County, ME (2) Lincoln County, ME (13) Sagadahoc County, ME (30) Somerset County, ME (3) Waldo County, ME (73)  KennebecCounty(70) Kennebec County (70)  AndroscogginCounty(50) Androscoggin County (50)  FranklinCounty(2) Franklin County (2)  LincolnCounty(13) Lincoln County (13)  SagadahocCounty(30) Sagadahoc County (30)  SomersetCounty(3) Somerset County (3)  WaldoCounty(73) Waldo County (73)
Augusta is the county seat for Kennebec County
Augusta is in Kennebec County
      Kennebec County (70)  
      Androscoggin County (50)  
      Franklin County (2)  
      Lincoln County (13)  
      Sagadahoc County (30)  
      Somerset County (3)  
      Waldo County (73)  
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1Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 9 — Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine ComfortAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
In July 1895, the first color issue of Comfort rolled off the presses to be sent nationwide to over a million subscribers. W. H. Gannett established his phenomenally successful magazine (1888-1942) to promote Giant Oxien, his . . . Map (db m111271) HM
2Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 103rd Infantry Regiment
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3Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 1775 Quebec Expedition
An expedition under Colonel Benedict Arnold for the capture of Quebec marched from this place in September 1775 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ To record . . . Map (db m110856) HM WM
4Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 25 — A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water StreetAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Holiday shoppers on Water Street in 1932 had a brand new store to shop! That year, the S.S. Kresge five and dime store opened in a modern Art Deco building unique in downtown Augusta. The new building replaced an Italianate block . . . Map (db m111199) HM
5Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 5 — A Tribute to a Memorable Day / Un Anniversaire MémorableAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
On June 8, 1834, Judge Daniel Cony's home was consumed by fire. Judge Cony had erected the frame of that house on October 17, 1797, on the 20th anniversary of the capture of General Burgoyne's army. Cony was a Massachusetts militia . . . Map (db m186064) HM
6Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Adolphe J. Gingras1896 to 1966
Distinguished Citizen of Augusta Revered by the people of the city for years of service to them as Physician, Counselor and LeaderMap (db m110774) HM
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7Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 26 — An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la villeAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
In 1856, James North built Meonian Hall, named for Maeonia in Asia Minor. The Italianate building stood on the site of the Burton House, Augusta's first post office in 1789. During the Civil War, patriotic rallies and civic meetings . . . Map (db m111246) HM
8Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 9 — Augusta Mourns Lincoln / Augusta Pleur LincolnAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
Abraham Lincoln's assassination in Washington on April 14, 1865, as the Civil War was ending plunged Augusta into sorrow. Businesses closed on the 19th and soldiers, civil authorities, and societies converged at the black draped . . . Map (db m186073) HM
9Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Map — Augusta, MaineThe Museum in the Streets™
Welcome to Augusta Indigenous people occupied the Augusta area for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. Little evidence remains of their time here, but patches of forested land along the Kennebec give us a glimpse . . . Map (db m186068) HM
10Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Map — Augusta, Maine – The Civil WarThe Museum in the Streets®
Augusta in the Civil War Civil War was now inaugurated: fifty years of dispute over slavery came to a contest of arms with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor by forces of the new Confederate States of America. News of . . . Map (db m186091) HM
11Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Map — Augusta, Maine – The Civil WarThe Museum in the Streets®
Augusta in the Civil War Civil War was now inaugurated: fifty years of dispute over slavery came to a contest of arms with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor by forces of the new Confederate States of America. News of . . . Map (db m186097) HM
12Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 23 — Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à AugustaAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
These buildings were built to house the E. C. Allen Publishing Company. Allen has been called the forerunner of the advertising agency business, the pioneer of low-priced mail order periodicals, and the creator of the premium idea . . . Map (db m111073) HM
13Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Augusta's Vietnam War Dead Memorial1964 - 1975 — "Duty" —
Not for fame or reward Not for place or for rank Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity But in simple obedience to duty as they understood it These men suffered all Sacrificed all Dared all - and died
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14Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 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 . . . Map (db m110823) HM
15Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Blaine Mansion
Blaine Mansion Home of Maine Governors Given to the State of Maine by the heirs of James G. Blaine Map (db m116087) HM
16Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 4 — Capitol Park & Augusta's Doughnut Brigade / Le Parc du Capitole et la Manne de BeignetsAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets™ —
News of surrender at Fort Sumter and the onset of war reached Augusta on April 12, 1861. Governor Washburn quickly approved Horatio Staples' call for Augusta volunteers, who joined others at Capitol Park to form the 3rd Maine . . . Map (db m186099) HM
17Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Civil War Memorial
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18Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Civilian Conservation Corps
In honor of the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps who, from 1933 to 1942, changed the face of Maine by building parks, roads, trails, forests and citizenship, leaving a lasting legacy to the conservation of natural resources for which all . . . Map (db m111015) HM
19Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 13 — Cony U.S. Hospital / Hôpital Militaire ConyAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
At the request of Maine's Governor, the Federal Government established a military hospital at Camp E.D. Keyes. In operation from June 1, 1864, to November 30, 1865, the hospital was a self-contained complex equipped with operating . . . Map (db m186082) HM
20Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 20 — Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierresAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
On June 14, 1894, the cornerstones for the Masonic Temple and Lithgow Library were laid with imposing Masonic ceremonies. Parades, speeches, and feasting marked the day, and hundreds of people from all over the state participated. . . . Map (db m111147) HM
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21Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Cushnoc Trading Post1628 - 1661
In commemoration of the first trading voyage of the Pilgrims of Plymouth to the ancient Indian village at Cushnoc on the Kennebec River, 1625, and on this site the establishment of their fur trading post with the Indians, 1628, Jown Howland in . . . Map (db m110858) HM
22Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 1 — Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De CushnocAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
An endless quest for riches brought Europeans to the Kennebec River by 1607 and to Augusta by 1625. In 1628, the Plymouth (Massachusetts) Colony constructed Cushnoc Trading Post on the Kennebec riverbank at the head of navigation, . . . Map (db m110861) HM
23Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 12 — D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. AdamsAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
In 1910, Delbert W. Adams opened a store on Water Street offering "strictly first-class goods at a fair margin of profit." In 1920, Adams moved across the street to 190 Water Street, where the store operated until it closed in 1982. . . . Map (db m111248) HM
24Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free LandMaine's Liberty Bell Replica
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Maine by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence . . . Map (db m128550) WM
25Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 10 — First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du KennebecAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
For over 200 years, this site has anchored a span over the Kennebec River. Construction of the first bridge began in May 1797 by the Proprietors of the Kennebec Bridge, which owned and subsequently operated the bridge. Completed on . . . Map (db m110811) HM
26Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 22 — Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812Augusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
The embargoes leading to war caused economic hardship in Augusta, and news of war generated disdain in this Federalist Town. Citizens mounted a protest by hanging an effigy of President Madison from the public wharf and flying an . . . Map (db m153146) HM
27Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Garden of Remembrance
They deserve our everlasting gratitude. This garden of remembrance is to honor our fallen heroes whose bodies were never found. Stones have been placed to keep memories of their heroism alive. Memorials here are for those who . . . Map (db m127032) WM
28Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 18 — Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granitAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Amid the destruction of the 1865 Great Fire, a new and magnificent building was already rising. Granite Block, built at the corner of Water Street and Market Square, was a three-story edifice faced with granite. The third floor had a . . . Map (db m111087) HM
29Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 2 — Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve KennebecAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
The Pilgrims' trading post at Cushnoc had enjoyed a monopoly of fur trade with local Abenaki since 1628. In the spring of 1634 a vessel commanded by John Hocking of Portsmouth challenged that monopoly. Arriving at Cushnoc, Hocking . . . Map (db m110824) HM
30Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 6 — Kennebec Arsenal / L'Arsenal du KennebecAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets™ —
The U.S. Arsenal was established here in 1827. Several of its commanders became prominent in the Civil War, including Capt. James Ripley, who became a Brigadier General and Chief of the Army's Ordnance Department; Lt. Robert . . . Map (db m186100) HM
31Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 1 — Lincoln's Request / L'Appel de LincolnAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln asked Maine to furnish one regiment to quell the rebellion of the Southern states. Maine's Legislature instantly called for 10,000 volunteers and appropriated $1 million to restore the . . . Map (db m186063) HM
32Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 2 — Maine Mounted Light Artillery / Artillerie Légère à Cheval du MaineAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
Six of the seven batteries of mounted light artillery raised by the State of Maine beginning in 1861 were mustered into service and trained in Augusta. They encamped in an expanse of high ground immediately southwest of the State . . . Map (db m186062) HM
33Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 12 — Maine's Voice Against Slavery / Le Maine Proteste Contre l'Esclavage
Charlotte Holand Vance Morrill could hold a grudge. When in 1869, her husband Lot lost his seat in the U.S. Senate to Hannibal Hamlin, she blamed James G. Blaine, who from then on she refused to allow in her house. Lot Morrill served . . . Map (db m186078) HM
34Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 6 — Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuseAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Constructed facing the Kennebec River in 1799 by Arthur Lithgow, this majestic Federal style dwelling in 1807 became home to Reuel Williams, one of Augusta's most prominent nineteenth century citizen. The 14-room house featured an . . . Map (db m110889) HM
35Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 15 — Market Square / La place du MarchéAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Market Square was an early civic and commercial center for the community. Bordering the Square were Pollard's Tavern and the first Meeting House, built in 1782. In 1816, hard times prompted "Ohio Fever" and the square was a . . . Map (db m111082) HM
36Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Melville Weston FullerFebruary 11, 1833 - July 4, 1910 — Eighth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court —
Melville Weston Fuller, an Augusta native, returned to the city following his graduation from Harvard Law School. Here he briefly practiced law, held municipal offices, edited a newspaper and then migrated to Chicago, where he became one of . . . Map (db m116071) HM
37Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Monument ParkCity of Augusta
Chosen in 1879 as a Memorial Park with the Civil War Monument dedicated September 21, 1882. A World War One monument was also placed at the southern end of the park.Map (db m186070) HM
38Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine
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39Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 3 — Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort WesternAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
As part of the strategy to expand and strengthen Massachusetts' territorial claims along the Kennebec River, a Boston-based land company, the Kennebec Proprietors, built Fort Western in 1754. Commanded by James Howard, the Fort . . . Map (db m110822) HM
40Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Old Fort Western on the KennebecA National Historic Landmark
Old Fort Western was built in 1754 at Cushnoc, an Abenaki name for the site of an important 17th-century Plymouth Colony trading post. The Old Fort's main house (barrack) is New England's oldest surviving wooden fort building and a symbol of . . . Map (db m111208) HM
41Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 7 — Riverside: Temple of Peace / Le Temple de la PaixAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
The Gothic style cottage, now used for business, was built by the Reverend Sylvester Judd as a home and parsonage. In 1840, Judd became minister of Augusta's Unitarian Church, the church of local elite. In 1841, Judd married Jane . . . Map (db m110891) HM
42Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Samantha Reed SmithJune 29, 1972 - August 25, 1985 — Maine's Young Ambassador of Goodwill —
In 1982, ten year old Samantha Smith wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, the leader of the Soviet Union asking, "Why do you want to go to war with the United States?" Mr. Andropov's reply to that letter, his invitation for Samantha to visit, and her . . . Map (db m111036) HM
43Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 17 — Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navalsAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
In the golden years of wooden shipbuilding, Maine-built ships carried American goods worldwide-and Augusta was no exception! Master William Jones' shipyard was located here in the 1840s & 1850s. From 1837 to 1856, 37 vessels were . . . Map (db m153160) HM
44Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 4 — Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable SouzaAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
The afternoon concert at Augusta city hall on May 1, 1897, proved to be both popular and historic. On that day the people of Augusta heard the most famous band in the land—Sousa's Band! John Philip Sousa was by the time of his . . . Map (db m110780) HM
45Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 16 — Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeurAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Steamboats debuted on the Kennebec in 1818. By 1823, the Kennebec Steam Navigation Company operated the Waterville between Bath and Augusta. A nationwide economic decline later forced them out of business, but the organization . . . Map (db m111161) HM
46Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 8 — Strive to Excel! / Vive L'Excellence!
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47Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 10 — The American Rembrandt's Augusta Home / Maison du Rembrandt d'AugustaAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
Eastman Johnson was born in Lovell, but moved to Augusta in 1834. The family lived on Pleasant Street and at 61 Winthrop Street, where Johnson began his artistic career by drawing portraits of notable local persons such as . . . Map (db m186075) HM
48Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 3 — The Car "America" / Le Char AmericaAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
In 1865, Augusta observed the Fourth of July in peace. The war had been won and the city celebrated with a procession, an oration, and a dinner at the Augusta House. The day began with a cavalcade of Fantastic Bummers marching . . . Map (db m186053) HM
49Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 14 — The Great Fire / Le Grand incendieAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
On the morning of September 17, 1865, a fire began in the new, still unoccupied Dr. H. H. Hill building on the east side of Water Street, above Oak Street. An arsonist later convicted of setting a Portland fire was suspected, . . . Map (db m111205) HM
50Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 24 — They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresquesAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
By 1858 Water Street had been transformed from a wilderness into a bustling business district featuring many fine commercial brick and wooden buildings. That year a pioneer photographer, Simon Wing of Waterville, took two stereo . . . Map (db m111238) HM
51Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 8 — To Commend Their Example / Exemple AdmirableAugusta, Maine – The Civil War — The Museum in the Streets® —
Dedicated in 1882, this majestic monument honors Augusta's Civil War dead. Fifty feet from the base to sword tip, it features the figure of a woman representing Patriotism guarding the honor of her martyred sons. In her hands are an . . . Map (db m186071) HM
52Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 21 — United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-UnisAugusta, Maine — The Museum in the Streets® —
Augusta's "Castle"! When first opened in 1890, the Portland Transcript called 295 Water Street "one of the most picturesque public buildings that the government has bestowed upon any city in the Union." Built of Hallowell . . . Map (db m111133) HM
53Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Vietnam Veterans Pine Grove
A living memorial dedicated to all Maine Sons and Daughters who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, those who made the supreme sacrifice as well as those who have returned.Map (db m111038) WM
54Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — William Penn Whitehouse Homestead Site
On this site stood the homestead of William Penn Whitehouse, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1911 to 1919. An 1863 graduate of Colby College, Whitehouse studied law with Sewall Lancaster, then opened his own law office in . . . Map (db m110937) HM
55Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — World War I Memorial
To the memory of our heroic dead who fought for the liberty of humanity 1917-1919 ————— Quiet they rest in this high hope serene that we for whom they died shall keep the faith Killed in Action . . . Map (db m110952) WM
56Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — World War II and Korean War MemorialCourage
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Oct. 4, 2022