Portland Observatory

Portland Observatory (HMY13)

Location: Portland, ME 04101 Cumberland County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 39.92', W 70° 14.896'

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Inscription
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America.
The Observatory is the nation's only remaining maritime signal tower. It served as a communication station for Portland's bustling harbor brom 1807 to 1923, announcing the arrival of ships with a unique system of colorful signal flags.

National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
Built 1807

One of the earliest marine signal stations in the United States, this tower is unique in its engineering design and construction and contributed to the prosperity of Portland harbor as a vital center of maritime commerce during the "Golden Age of Sail"
Details
HM NumberHMY13
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
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Year Placed2006
Placed ByNational Park Service and Maine Section, American Society of Civil Engineers
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 399360 N 4835460
Decimal Degrees43.66533333, -70.24826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 39.92', W 70° 14.896'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 39' 55.20" N, 70° 14' 53.76" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 138 Congress St, Portland ME 04101, US
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