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Friday, July 20, 2012

Where am I ~ Not in Bangor Maine...

As you most likely know we are in Prince Edward Islands but I am so far behind in posting I am trying to work my way up to our current date ~ between sightseeing until we drop and bad Internet I just get further behind... So here I go with the last of Bangor Maine. our favorite places to visit as you probably already know is OLD cemeteries... so we headed off for

Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine is the second oldest garden cemetery in the United States. It was designed by architect Charles G. Bryant in 1834, the same year that Bangor was incorporated as a city, and modeled after Mt. Auburn Cemetery (1831) in Boston, Massachusetts. Bangor was at that time a frontier boom-town, and much of its architecture and landscaping exactly mirrored that of Boston. The preferred resting ground for Bangor's 19th and early 20th century elite, the cemetery includes the gravesites of Hannibal Hamin (a U.S. Vice President), two U.S. Senators, eleven U.S. Congressmen, two U.S. Ambassadors, five Governors of Maine, eight Civil War Generals, and numerous "lumber barons" and other local businessmen and politicians. Actors Richard Golden and Ralph Sipperly are also buried there.  The movie Pet Sematary was filmed in Mount Hope.

Mount Hope Cemetery
While out riding around we looked for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.   It is one of Maine’s newest wonders and quite a sight to see. The bridge opened in May of 2007 and a one minute elevator ride on the fastest elevator in Maine (well—fastest in New Hampshire and Vermont too) will take you to the top of the tallest public bridge-observatory in the world. The 420-foot observatory tower is fashioned after the Washington Monument and offers an awesome, panoramic 360-degree view. The bridge towers forty-two stories high – one of only three such bridge observatories and the only one in the western hemisphere. Wow!!  It was quite a thrill riding up the elevator and enjoying the views....

Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Fort Knox is right next to Penobscot Narrows Bridge and was a very interesting place to visit,  Not only was there a small re-enactment there we also got to see a weeding preformed right in the center of the fort... Boy were they hot sitting outside in the sun!  Also we looked and looked for gold but there wasn't any to be found!

Located on the west bank of the Penobscot River in Prospect, Maine, in an area known as the Penobscot Narrows, Fort Knox is one of the best preserved military fortifications on the New England seacoast. The fort has many unique architectural features, as well as a rich history behind its walls.

During the country’s infancy, Maine was repeatedly involved in northeast border disputes with British Canada. In fact, the area between Castine and the rich lumber city of Bangor was invaded and occupied by the British during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Fort Knox was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River Valley against a possible future British naval incursion.

It was a fun day exploring the Observatory tower and the fort... Now onto another adventure ~
"Oh Canada"
Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Karen and Al said...

Just too darn busy, aren't you? Nice area and beautiful views.

Sue and Doug said...

so glad you are still enjoying yourselves!!..nice work on the collages!..it is a good way to fit a whole bunch of photos on one post!!


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