Sunday, May 29, 2011

Picture Perfect in Portland

Amazing Maine coastline!
The most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River, Maine is covered largely in trees...in fact, it's called the Pine Tree State for just that reason.  But one of the biggest draws to Maine is it's beautiful coastline.  Rocky and rugged, there are more than 230 miles of beaches, jagged rocks and cliffs that illustrate hundreds of bays and inlets!

During our visit, we got a chance to check out one of Maine's major attractions...the Portland Head Light.  There are more than 60 lighthouses in the state, but Portland Head Light is one of the most popular.  Nestled in the Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, the famous Portland Head Light looks out across the North Atlantic Ocean.  The area has plenty of history too!




Way back when in 1776, Cape Elizabeth residents posted a guard of eight soldiers at Portland Head to warn citizens of coming British attacks.  The area proved to be good lookout point so in 1787, the Massachusetts legislature provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse (think of how much money $750 was in those days!).



By 1790, the United States Government took over the responsibility of all lighthouses and Congress appropriated $1,500 for the completion of Portland Head Light.

And this is what they got...



Today, Portland Head Light stands 80 feet above ground and 101 feet above water!  The 200,000 candlepower, airport style aerobeacon is visible from 24 miles away...pretty impressive, huh?!?  The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.



Think we might just frame this one...

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