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Augusta, Maine Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort Marker
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 9 — Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort

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

Maine (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

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 25 — A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water StreetThe 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 building . . . — Map (db m111199) HM

Maine (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 Leader — Map (db m110774) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 26 — An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la villeThe 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 were . . . — Map (db m111246) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 23 — Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à AugustaThe 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 in the . . . — Map (db m111073) HM

Maine (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

Richard W. . . . — Map (db m110960) WM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Birds and Fish of the Kennebec

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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

Maine (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
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Civil War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m110938) WM
Maine (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 . . . — Map (db m111015) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 20 — Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierresThe 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

Maine (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, John . . . — Map (db m110858) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 1 — Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De CushnocThe 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, and . . . — Map (db m110861) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 12 — D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. AdamsThe 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. The . . . — Map (db m111248) HM

Maine (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) HM
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 10 — First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du KennebecThe 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 November . . . — Map (db m110811) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 22 — Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812The 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 American . . . — Map (db m111127) HM

Maine (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. Memorial here are for those who fought for their country . . . — Map (db m127032) WM
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 18 — Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granitThe 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 1500 . . . — Map (db m111087) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 2 — Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve KennebecThe 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 was . . . — Map (db m110824) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 6 — Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuseThe 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 octagonal . . . — Map (db m110889) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 15 — Market Square / La place du MarchéThe 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 rallying point . . . — Map (db m111082) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — Melville Weston Fuller
Melville Weston Fuller February 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 . . . — Map (db m116071) HM
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine
. . . — Map (db m111033) HM
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 3 — Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort WesternThe 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 served as a . . . — Map (db m110822) HM

Maine (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 . . . — Map (db m111208) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 7 — Riverside: Temple of Peace / Le Temple de la Paix

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 Elizabeth . . . — Map (db m110891) HM

Maine (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 . . . — Map (db m111036) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 17 — Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navalsThe Museum in the Streets

In the golden years of wooden shipbuilding, Maine-built ships carried American goods worldwide-and Augusta was no exception! Master Williams Jones' shipyard was located here in the 1840s & 1850s. From 1837 to 1856, 37 vessels were built in . . . — Map (db m111172) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 4 — Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable SouzaThe 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 Augusta . . . — Map (db m110780) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 16 — Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeurThe 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 of the . . . — Map (db m111161) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 8 — Strive to Excel! / Vive L'Excellence !
Map (db m110936) HM
Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 14 — The Great Fire / Le Grand incendieThe 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, although . . . — Map (db m111205) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 24 — They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresquesThe 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 views of . . . — Map (db m111238) HM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — 21 — United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-UnisThe 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 granite and . . . — Map (db m111133) HM

Maine (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) HM

Maine (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

Maine (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 . . . — Map (db m110952) WM

Maine (Kennebec County), Augusta — World War II and Korean War MemorialCourage
. . . — Map (db m111003) WM

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