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Portland, Maine Historical Events



1941
Portland became the home port of the U.S. North American Fleet during World War II



1866
The Great Fire of 1866 started at the 4th of July celebration. It destroyed most of the public buildings, half of the churches, and hundreds of houses. The city was rebuilt with brick homes in the Victorian and early 20th century style.


1823
The first steamship from Boston marked the beginning of regular passenger service between the two cities.


1820
Maine became a state and Portland became its first capital.


1786
The city was named Portland by its citizens


1776
Portland was established as a commercial port after the Revolutionary War and began rapid growth as a shipping center.


1675
The area was completely destroyed by Indians during King Philip's war


1652
The entire Casco Bay area became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony


1632
English settlers inhabited the Portland Peninsula which was known at that time as Machigonne, its Indian name. The name was changed to Casco and later in 1658 to Falmouth.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Portland and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.


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