September 15th is a very busy day. We start with a visit to The Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory, considered the crown jewel of coastal Maine.
The observatory is located 420 feet, or 42 stories, and you start with an elevator ride to the top.
This shows the old and new bridge side by side - quite a site.
These two pictures show a little about the construction of the bridge, and a picture of the observation deck. This is the only observatory bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest in the world!
The views are spectacular. Shown here are the little town of Bucksport, directly across the Penobscot River, and Fort Knox, lying almost directly below.
Fort Knox is Maine's largest historic fort, and not to be confused with the one in Kentucky where all the gold is kept!
Although never fully completed, it was constructed between 1844 and 1864 to protect the river valley from naval attack. Garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars, Fort Knox never saw combat.
During the Spanish-American War, about 500 troops from Connecticut were stationed here. They actually lived in tents outside the structure.
Inside the visitor's center, I find this great pirate, all decked out for Halloween. Hey, it's only mid-September; apparently they take Halloween seriously out here!
For further information: The Penobscot Narrows
and Fort Knox State Historic Site
or call 1-207-469-6553 and can be found on Facebook
Beautiful photos! I hadn't been to Fort Knox in years, although I have crossed the bridge several times!
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