Terry, Doug & Roxie's Canadian Maritime Trip 2013 travel blog

Stephen King's House - Notice the Front Gates

Scroll and Shield from the USS Maine

Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb

Paul Bunyan Statue

Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory

Fort Knox

Fort Knox

Fort Knox

Fort Knox

Today Clarence and Sandy, Doug and I went touring. First had breakfast at little restaurant out front of the campground. Next we went to a truck stop because Doug needed to replace the antenna for the CB radio on the motorhome. Then we went to find some Roadside America app places. We found several:

1) Stephen King's House in downtown Bangor, Maine is easily recognized by a web front gate topped with bats. It is a beautiful two-story home on a very nice street.

2) Scroll and Shield from the USS Maine was in downtown Bangor in Davenport Park. The American ship sunk in Havana Harbor in 1898. The wrought iron Scroll and Shield was removed from that harbor and now it is mounted on a granite monument that looks like the bow of the ship.

3) Paul Bunyan Statue is located in Bass Park in Bangor. Bangor claims to be the birthplace of this mythic character because of their lumber industry. Minnesota disputes this birthplace claim. The statue is said to stand 31 feet high and weighs over 3,700 lbs. It is hurricane-proof to withstand 110 mph winds. This statue was brought to life in Stephen King's 1986 novel, "It".

4) Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb - Colonel Jonathan Buck is the founder of Bucksport, Maine. The story goes that Colonial Buck burned a witch and her leg rolled out of the bonfire. When he later died, a mysterious leg stain appeared on his tombstone, and won't come off. There are several controversies in this theory, but it makes for a great story.

5) Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory in Prospect, Maine - We did not go up in the observatory. We drove over the bridge to go to Fort Knox. The observatory is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. On a clear day you should be able to see expansive views of Penobscot Bay and all the way to Acadia National Park.

We then went to the Fort Knox State Historic Site which is a massive granite Fort built in the mid 1800s. We went on a guided tour. The fort is one of the best preserved sea coast fortifications in America. The fort was built on the narrows of the Penobscot River to protect the river valley from naval attack. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.

We went back to the campground and found Pam and Buz Howland there for the night. All 13 of us went to the Hermon Family Restaurant for dinner.

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