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Ammo in the Hole Facts

Artillery cannons were decommissioned by cutting off their barrel, and a local historian believes that his friend buried one of these barrels here, at Fort McKinley on the harbor island if Harbor Cove.

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  • Portland, Maine is the closest major U.S. port to Europe, making it critical during World Wars I and II.

  • During World War I, Portland, Maine was targeted by German U-boats.

  • Maine’s Fort McKinley was built between 1891 and 1907, and could house over 1,000 soldiers at one time.

  • Fort McKinley had bunkers to hide massive cannons from invaders.

  • The Wheat penny was designed to commemorate Lincoln’s 100th birthday, and was the first coin inscribed with, “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

  • Fort McKinley’s cannons had a range of 7-9 miles and fired shells from 3 inches to 12 inches in caliber.

  • In Fort McKinley, officers could lock their doors with keys. Barracks for enlisted men, however, didn’t have locks at all.