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Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, February 29, 2016

Inside the Portland Observatory

Here are shots from inside the Portland Observatory in Portland, Maine; I posted a photo of the tower itself a few days ago. The tower is 86 feet tall, and made of wood.
Originally built in 1807, the most recent restoration was completed in 2000, and the replacement wood can be distinguished by its lighter color.
The tower is not anchored to the ground; instead it's held in place by rock ballast beneath the main level. You can see the rocks through this opening and mirror in the lower level. Believe it or not, this has held the tower secure through numerous hurricanes!

11 comments:

  1. Amazing place and it has been around for a long time, hasn't it!!! Great captures, Al, as always!! Hope your have a great new week!! Enjoy!!

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  2. Always like to see photos from the "other" Portland.

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  3. Great series, nice that the tower was restored. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  4. Very creative shots inside the Portland Observatory in Maine ~ thanks,

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  5. That's amazing that it isn't anchored ... And that it holds anyway through hurricanes! Portland Oregon is a wonderful not-to-be-missed City, it sounds like this other Portland is a great place too!

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  6. Interesting. That part of the country is fascinating to me.

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  7. Great photos from inside the Portland Observatory, Al!
    Have a nice week ahead!

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  8. It is really great that they are going to a lot of trouble to maintain this great old building. The fact that it has ballast instead of a foundation is very interesting.

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  9. Great tower.
    It was a good idea that anchorage with rocks.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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