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Heather Steeves

Heather Steeves tries to do things that are fun -- and only things that are fun. So far that's included stilt walking, roller derby and cross-country road trips in her Saturn.

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Posted: September 29, 2014

The coolest map of Portland, Maine you’re going to find — in 1775 we had orchards, windmills and swamps on the peninsula

Written by: Heather Steeves

Some things are just too cool to not put on the Internet.

While researching another story, I found this circa-1775 map in the back of a library book. If you click on the photo below and zoom around, you’ll see the Western Promenade used to be orchards and swamplands. There was a stone wall separating Munjoy’s Hill (and the bushes on it) from the rest of the city. The harbor splashed on Fore Street. Portland used to have a windmill, a fountain on Love Lane and a jail by the old hay scales. So cool.

Click on the photo below. It will bring you to a much larger version of the map, so it might take a while for it to load. But once you’re there you can zoom in and click around to see what our fair city used to look like.

Click for a larger version

Click for a larger version. It’s *really* large, so it might take a while to load. But once if does you can zoom in and click around.

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