Had a chance to visiting downtown Portland Maine early yesterday evening and got some great photos and learned a bit of history of the area.
The Civil War Memorial in Portland, Maine is a large complex monument in the
center of the city. It is also known as the Soldiers and Sailors
Monument, Civil War Monument, Our Lady of Victories, and the
Victory Monument. It contains a central allegorical female figure
standing on a square granite base with additional sculpture groups on
the north and south sides of the base. The figures were sculpted by
Franklin Simmons, the architect for the monument was Richard Morris
Hunt, and the sculptures were cast at the Fonderia Nelli, foundry. The
monument is 45' high and the base is 20.5' on a side. it was dedicated
on October 28, 1891.
Visiting Portland Maine this week for the first time. What a beautiful place.
Captain Lemuel Moody (1768-1846), ordered construction of this
octagonal, 86-foot high tower to serve as a communication station for
Portland’s bustling harbor. In 1807, ships entering the harbor could not
be seen from the docks of Portland until they rounded the point of land
at Spring Point Ledge. With his powerful telescope, sea
captain-turned-entrepreneur Moody identified incoming vessels as far
away as 30 miles. For a fee, he alerted subscribing merchants by
hoisting signal flags identifying their vessels. He coined the phrase
“signalizing” to describe his system.
The Observatory was built
on Munjoy Hill at the eastern end of the Portland peninsula, which was a
cow pasture at the time. Moody built his house and other buildings near
the tower. The complex included a banquet and dance hall as well as a
bowling alley. From the time it opened in 1807, the Observatory was a
tourist attraction drawing local residents and travelers alike.
final Tea Rose of the season was fully open on the kitchen counter this
morning. It looks and smells wonderful. This could have been a show
winner thanks to coffee grounds, Epson Salts and Bayer Rose Food! Been reading up on rose pruning to assure good growth in the spring. I have also order a Henry Fonda Dark Yellow Hybrid Tea Rose and White Pope John Paul 11 Hybrid Tea Rose for spring planting from Jackson and Perkins.