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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

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Pearl and Congress, Portland, 1845

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Pearl and Congress, Portland, 1845 / Maine Historical Society

According to Shettleworth, Jr. and Barry, in Mr. Goodhue Remembers Portland: Scenes from the Mid-19th Century, "Goodhue serves us best in depicting neighborhoods like this one" as "all of this section was lost during the Great Fire of July 4 and 5, 1866."

The First Baptist Church is the central focus of the sketch; behind it to the left is the John Harris House. Next door is the more impressive residence of the Quaker merchant Samuel F. Hussey, who was the "wharfinger and dictator of Union Wharf," according to William Willis' History of Portland. No doubt the young Longfellow would have known who the man was as he died in 1837 at the age of 82; he had five daughters.

As one looks up Congress Street in this drawing, there is a school house, a hearse house, Lane's joiner shop, and a private residence.

Today the Central Fire Station is on this site.

 

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