- 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.
March 07, 2014