Portland, ME

Portland, Me. City, seaport, and seat of justice of Cumberland co. 65 miles S. W. from Augusta, the capital of the state, 105 miles N. N. E. from Boston, and 290 miles S. E. from Montreal, by railroad. Population in 1790, 2240; 1800, 3704; 1810, 7169; 1820, 8521; 1830,12,601; 1840, 15,218; 1850, 20,879. (Gazetteer of the United States of America, 1854)
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- A massive fire destroys much of Portland, Maine, leaving 10,000 homeless but killing only two. Crime/Disasters
At Portland, Maine, the Prince of Wales departs North America at the end of his tour US/the World
Canadian mail steamship lost off Nova Scotia with all two hundred people aboard Crime/Disasters
Edward Payson Weston reaches Chicago on his 1238 mile walk from Portland, Maine with a day to spare. Education/Culture
Edward Payson Weston reaches Connecticut on his 1200 mile walk from Portland, Maine to Chicago. Education/Culture
Edward Payson Weston sets out to walk from Portland, Maine to Chicago in thirty days. Education/Culture
In a rematch at Newburgh, New York, James Hamill wins back the American Single Sculls title from Walter Brown. Education/Culture
In Maine, an audacious Confederate attempt to sail away with a Coast Guard cutter narrowly fails Battles/Soldiers
In Portland, Maine, a fire completely destroys the Union Church Crime/Disasters
In Portland, Maine, the state's Democrats meet to nominate candidates for the September elections. Campaigns/Elections
Off Cape Cod, Canadian Confederate sympathizers seize the American steamer "Chesapeake" US/the World
Off the coast of Maine, a passenger ship from Liverpool runs on to rocks, and twenty lives are lost Crime/Disasters
On the Monongahela and Ohio rivers at Pittsburgh, Walter Brown wins the American Single Sculls title. Education/Culture
- Prince Albert visits Boston and meets the last living survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill US/the World
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