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John Martin: Expert Observer

First Penobscot Bridge, Bangor, ca. 1846

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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First Penobscot Bridge, Bangor, ca. 1846
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Description

In 1864, John Martin of Bangor drew, from recollection, the First Penobscot Bridge from Steam Boat wharf in Bangor. He labeled the toll house, Skinner's Store, and the Draw.

Martin (1823-1864) began in 1864 writing a Journal about his life and experiences. The illustration of the bridge appeared on page 220 in a section he wrote about the Freshet of March 29, 1846, which destroyed the bridge.

Martin wrote that a corporation in which Asa Davis was a stockholder built the bridge for $50,000. It was built in 1832.

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