Sunday, March 2, 2008


Portland Observatory is one of the city's most unique landmarks and became a certified national landmark two years ago. It was built in 1807 and is the only remaining (seized operations in 1923 though) maritime signal station in the United States. High atop Munjoy Hill, it is visible from sea and as boats approached harbor, the people running the tower would (for a fee) fly a flag indicating what boat and what goods were coming into town as to help speed up the shipping process. Pretty neat stuff. FMI.

I had the pleasure of going to the top of the structure last summer for the first time, which would be a preferable time to do so!

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  1. Neat photo - I love the side photos of your city. We have a lot of light houses in North Carolina.
    Most of our light houses are located on a desolate beach.

  2. Wow, aren't you the lucky one? To get to take this winter photo of the light house and to get to go up there and take a look at those views in the summer! Neat!

  3. I'm in awe of your camera....