Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge - Best things to see in Maine
Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a destination for kids and adults alike! Just a short drive from the Crooked Steeple Hall, it's a great day trip - a perfect stop on your Maine road trip, or something that your friends and family will love to check out while visiting Maine for your Destination Wedding!
According to Wikipedia, Fort Knox, now Fort Knox State Park or Fort Knox State Historic Site, is located on the western bank of the Penobscot River in the town of Prospect, Maine, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from the mouth of the river. Built between 1844 and 1869, it was the first fort in Maine built entirely of granite; most previous forts used wood, earth, and stone. It is named after Major General Henry Knox, the first U.S. Secretary of War and Commander of Artillery during the American Revolutionary War, who at the end of his life lived not far away in Thomaston. The fort was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970, as a virtually intact example of a mid-19th century granite coastal fortification. Fort Knox also serves as the entry site for the observation tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge that opened to the public on 19 May 2007.
PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE AND OBSERVATORY
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a 2,120 feet (646 m) long cable-stayed bridge that carries US 1/SR 3 over the Penobscot River. It connects Verona Island to Prospect, in the U.S. state of Maine. It replaced the Waldo–Hancock Bridge, built in 1931. The Penobscot Bridge site also is home to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, the first bridge observation tower in the United States and the tallest public bridge observatory in the world. The tower reaches 420 feet (128 m) into the air and allows visitors to view the bridge, the nearby Fort Knox State Historic Site, the Penobscot River, and Bay.
For more info on the Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge, check out the official site - http://maine.gov/mdot/pnbo/
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