The Original Fort Knox

View of the Penobscott Narrow Bridge
I don’t think that I have come close to seeing all of Maine with heaps of regions. There are so much fun things to do. I decided to hop on a field trip this afternoon with my Young Digital Photographers from Maine Media. We ended up at Fort Knox, located on the Penobscot Narrows up on US Route 1. I haven’t been up that far north on Route 1 for a long time. The last time that I was up that way was when I went with my family to Castine for a dedication ceremony for the oil simulator that is named in my grandfather’s memory at Maine Maritime Academy.  Not much has changed in this neck of the woods. I feel that this part of Maine is still blessed with the 1950’s charm with the numerous motels along the way, charming antique shops, small coast towns, state parks & tourist traps that have been there for ages.
Fort Knox was built in the mid 1800’s as a way for the Americans to protect Maine from Great Britain who brought their ships to the Penobscot Narrows during the American Revolutionary & War of 1812.  America did win the wars leaving the Crown’s claim to the land not to last too long in the area. The fort was used during the Civil War & the Spanish American War.  The fort was named after Major General Henry Knox, who was America’s first Secretary of War & Commander of Artillery during the American Revolution. General Knox did live in Thomaston during the final years of his life. The other Fort Knox is located in Kentucky & it’s also named after General Knox. The granite that was used to build the fort came from neighboring Mt Waldo.  Close to one million dollars was spent to build Fort Knox back in the late 1800’s.
I will admit that I never had visited the fort until this afternoon. I have probably driven past it the last time I was that far north on Route 1, but never noticed it nor did I ever had the urge to go when I went to the University of Maine in Orono, either. I found the place to be a very cool spot to explore with heaps of nooks ‘n crannies inside with beautiful views of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Over all I had a fab time exploring this place. I’m sure there’s more to see threw the lens & in general, but there’s always room for more during the next visits. 

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