United States Ft. Knox, Prospect

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Wayne Foote

About this spot
The lower Penobscot River was taken by the British during the American Revolution and again in the War of 1812. The border tensions between the United States and Great Britain in the 1840's led to the construction of the fort beginning in 1844. Construction was completed in 1863. The fort was only occupied by troops from 1863 to 1866, and again in 1898. The fort is located on high ground in the Penobscot River Narrows, a short distance upriver from Penobscot Bay. It commands the Narrows, Bucksport Harbor and portions of the lower Penobscot River. The grounds are currently a state owned park jointly occupied by the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory.

The grounds outside of the fort and the lower level inside of the fort are wheelchair accessible. The upper ramparts are reached by a winding staircase and are not wheelchair accessible.
This is not the Ft. Knox where they keep the gold.

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Web links

https://www.fortknoxmaine.com/history-of-the-fort