Portland s Greatest Conflagration

Author: Don Whitney
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 9781596299559
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On the Fourth of July in 1866, joy turned to tragedy in Portland, Maine. A boy threw a firecracker onto a pile of wood shavings and it erupted in a blaze as residents prepared to celebrate the 110th anniversary of American independence in the momentous time following the Civil War. The violent conflagration killed two people and destroyed all structures on nearly thirty streets. Authors Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, both firefighters, chronicle the day's catastrophic events, as well as the bravery of those who fought the ferocious fire, dispelling the myth that ill-trained firefighting contributed to the devastation.

Portland s Greatest Conflagration

Author: Michael Daicy
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614232105
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On the Fourth of July in 1866, joy turned to tragedy in Portland, Maine. A boy threw a firecracker onto a pile of wood shavings and it erupted in a blaze as residents prepared to celebrate the 110th anniversary of American independence in the momentous time following the Civil War. The violent conflagration killed two people and destroyed all structures on nearly thirty streets. Authors Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, both firefighters, chronicle the day's catastrophic events, as well as the bravery of those who fought the ferocious fire, dispelling the myth that ill-trained firefighting contributed to the devastation.

The Irish of Portland Maine

Author: Matthew Jude Barker
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 162584512X
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The Irish have influenced the city of Portland since it was first established in the seventeenth century. Today's vibrant Catholic community owes its origins to Irish immigrants in Portland's earliest days, when beloved leaders like Father Ffrench provided solace to souls far from home. The church helped them adapt and adapted along with them, affecting the city in many ways. Portland's Irish faced discrimination, especially in the years before the Civil War, when anti-Irish sentiment surged and burnings and violence erupted, like the June 1855 Rum Riot. Despite this, many Portland Irish took up arms for the United States in the Civil War, and their participation in this conflict helped them become assimilated. Join local expert Matthew Jude Barker as he explores the triumphs and challenges of the Irish of Portland before the twentieth century..

Creating Portland

Author: Joseph A. Conforti
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584654490
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The only comprehensive study of Portland s history, culture, and people."

The Night the Sky Turned Red

Author: Allan Levinsky
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781938700255
Format: PDF
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"It was July 4th, 1866, and Portland, Maine’s population was just beginning to unwind after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry but everyone was looking forward to celebrating. There were many activities scheduled to keep the celebrants entertained, everything from a parade to the best fireworks display ever. The city was overflowing with visitors from all around the state and business was brisk. Little did the crowds know what fate had planned on that festive day. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop’s yard that was covered with dry wood shavings. The result was the largest urban fire in the history of the United States to that time. The Night the Sky Turned Red tells the story of this great conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through one of the country’s greatest disasters."

Maine a Guide down East

Author: Best Books on
Publisher: Best Books on
ISBN: 1623760186
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written by workers of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the state of Maine, sponsored by the Maine Development Commission ...

The Lost City

Author: Frank Luzerne
Publisher:
ISBN:
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"Numerous plates from art engraved by the Actinic Engraving Co., Moss Process...These are some of the earliest photo-engravings done in the United States."--Hanson Collection catalog, p. 43.