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Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot by Paul J. Ledman
"Portland Maine is a small town with a very rich past. During its nearly four hundred years of recorded history, the city has seen war, massacres, pestilence, a devastating bombardment, economic hard times, riots, urban renewal and several destructive fires. At times the city has also been a prosperous hub of New England commerce. Both the economic boom times and the eras of devastating losses have made Portland what it is today.
Every corner, every building, and every street has borne witness to some part of the Portland story. Rarely are there outward signs to denote some long forgotten event or human drama. References to the historical context behind those stories are even more rare.
This book makes the connections between today's urban landscape and the history behind it.
One of author Paul Ledman's passions has always been history, even though he's also pursued careers in geology, law, real estate and teaching. A New York City native, Paul and his wife Colleen Myers raised their family in Maine, where they have lived since 1990. Ledman's prior book is A Maine Town Responds: Cape Elizabeth and South Portland in the Civil War."