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A Window on the Past.
Cape Power Station. With the passage of time, almost everything around us changes. Just below the Casco Bay Bridge, if you have even noticed, are the remnants of the Cape Power Station which started its life generating power that ran the trolleys.
A portion of the building closest to Ocean Street sits relatively unchanged from that era, however much of the ading building now houses residential condominiums on the upper level and is home to the Snow Squall Restaurant at the back. Traveling back to the s, you would have seen ships in various stages of construction perched along the shoreline from Ferry Village to Turners Island along what was then the Cape Elizabeth shoreline. Thomas Knight Park is also named for the famed shipbuilder. Three sides of the earthen dry dock are still visible from the high vantage point of the bridge.
The business was never a financial success, however, and in Cumberland County Power and Light Company built a steam-powered generation station to power the trolleys and later as a backup for electricity generation during times of high demand. Travelers could not have crossed the Million Dollar Bridge without noticing the two large smoke stacks that stood feet tall at each end of the generation plant. In my early days of boating, I recall the stacks were noted on the chart for Casco Bay as they could easily be seen from miles away as an aid to mariners. October 17, Sometimes a gap exists between what you know or have deduced from available facts and what you can prove.
The villages contained hundreds of buildings that housed thousands of workers and their families which all sprung from the need to build transport ships for the war effort. The trail upon which I was building evidence grew cold a of years ago and I have yet to connect the dots. Perhaps with your help, we can find the proof necessary to confirm this piece of history.
Many residents moved away in search of work after the South Portland shipyards closed and left behind many vacant and what must have been lonely buildings. Moving day took on a whole new meaning when enterprising locals put wheels under whole buildings and moved many of them to new locations where they were recycled into homes and perhaps beach houses or businesses. Recycling of buildings from our war time past was not limited to those temporary neighborhoods in South Portland. I spoke with Belle Graney, a longtime resident here who described for me the transformation her beach house underwent.
She recalls that after her father moved the building to Higgins Beach, the windows all had bars and originally there were two barn-style sliding entry doors long since replaced with the current French doors.
Thinking I had an eye for finding these elusive buildings, I first suspected the Country Kitchen in Scarborough was one of them. Research with the help of Rodney Laughton from the Scarborough Historical Society uncovered that the Country Kitchen was built from scratch in the s by a prior owner. Rodney did point me towards the end of Pearl Street extension at Higgins Beach where he says in fact is one of our own former Broadview Park buildings although due to extensive alterations since then, you would not recognize it as such.
The pinnacle of this story, though, is a neighborhood in Gorham off Route 25 just beyond the Ossipee Trail Fire Department. Not unlike when the Wizard of OZ transforms from black and white to color, a drive by will reveal how such bland temporary buildings from war time neighborhoods were transformed into decent permanent homes. As we compare the two photographs I present in evidence, the size, shape and location of the replacement windows are the to me that says this is a candidate for any one of the buildings moved away after the war.
If you have any information that might help the South Portland Historical Society confirm this to be the case, please. The museum is open daily, from 10am to 4pm, through the end of October, and then is open on weekends in November and December.
FMI, visit www. October 24, Final Days for the Willard Exhibit. Next week will be our final week of weekday openings for the season; starting November 1 stthe museum will only be open on weekends. Once the museum closes for the season on December 21, the Willard exhibit will be removed and replaced by an exhibit on Meeting House Hill for the season. We have enjoyed talking about the Willard neighborhood this season.
Visitors have seen a sampling of early bathing suits in the exhibit that were worn by residents at Willard Beach, along with old photographs and other items related to the neighborhood. It has been interesting to learn about the role that the trolleys played in bringing tourists to stay in a of hotels and boarding houses that were once located in the area. We also thank our gold sponsor, Scratch Baking Co. Our cataloguer, Lynn Young, came upon the accompanying photograph last weekend in our archives. This wonderful photo of an old baseball team was taken on the steps of the old Willard School that was located on Meeting House Hill, on the triangular piece of land between Pillsbury and Davis Streets.
We wish we knew more about the baseball team; if anyone out there has more information to share, we would love to hear from you! In preparation for the upcoming Meeting House Hill exhibit, the historical society will hold one of its popular Evening Chat programs on Thursday, November 20 that pm at South Portland City Hall.
The oral history program will cover the history of the Meeting House Hill area. If you have any questions, please call us atlike us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society, or stop by the museum for a visit at 55 Bug Light Park. October 31, In this photo from the s, you can see Twin City Discount occupying the space that would later become home to the Globe.
If you have any photo or piece of memorabilia from the Globe, please contact the South Portland Historical Society. You never know when someone will have a fond memory about a time or place in South Portland. I was surprised when Ginny and Tom Soule who are two friends now living in Saco both remembered visiting a store I had never heard of. The first trip of the summer season always meant her dad would buy her a beach ball at the Globe.
Tom told me he grew up on Kelsey Street and attended Kaler School. He remembers shopping there and says a classmate snitched a baseball at the Globe.
As one of the many small department stores in town, it is no wonder they had everything from baseballs to beach balls! He tells me that a close friend worked in the shoe department at the Globe. Kevin would go in just to visit his friend and try on shoes for the fun of it. The Globe Discount Department Store at Broadway was at that location from around until according to the old city directory. Over the years, the building was large enough to accommodate more than one tenant at a time and one section of the building was also known as Broadway when occupied by more than one tenant and the property offered parking on both sides of the building.
The photographic record of the Globe Discount Department Store is limited so if you have a photograph of the building or any other old photos you are willing to share with the South Portland Historical Society, please let us know. October Section Menu.Lonely in South Portland
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Portland, Maine: A small town for big appetites