Fort McKinley, Battery Carpenter Observation Station, West side of East Side Drive, approximately 275 fe, Portland, Cumberland County, ME
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approximately 275 fe, Portland, ME
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER ME-59-E
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Significance: Fort McKinley attains significance as the largest of Portland Harbor's five military complexes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The fort protected Maine's principal city with one of the most well-defended harbors in the country. Battery Carpenter Observation Station is one of seven such stations built at Fort McKinley between 1905 and 1909 to control and monitor gun fire from the fort's large batteries.
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Beard, Christine S., Historian
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