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Map of Maine showing where Fort Knox is located
The two RV Gypsies
explored Fort Knox
Prospect, Maine
Fort Knox in Maine

clipart of a history book

"Fort Knox in Maine was built from 1844-1869. It is located on the western bank of the Penobscot River in the town of Prospect, Maine, about 5 miles from the mouth of the river. It was the first fort in Maine built of granite (instead of wood). It is named after Henry Knox, the first US Secretary of War, who at the end of his life lived not far away in Thomaston, Maine. The fort was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

Construction began during a period of tension between the United Kingdom and the United States over issues about the Canadian border following the Aroostook War. The intent was to defend the Penobscot River and Bangor, Maine, a major source of shipbuilding lumber. Construction funding from Congress was intermittent, and the fort's design was never fully completed although nearly a million dollars were spent. Granite was quarried five miles upriver from Mount Waldo in Frankfort, Maine.

The fort was manned during the U. S. Civil War by volunteers from Maine. The fort never saw battle!"

Before going to explore Fort Knox, the two RV Gypsies stopped for a picnic lunch at the bottom of the hill shown below. Then they walked up that hill and got a wonderful view.
Picnic lunch spot by Fort Knox
The Gulf of Maine outside Fort Knox
Immediately to the left of the view above, were some steps leading down into Fort Knox. The door to the right and the door to the left both led to tunnels. The tunnels were very dark and the two RV Gypsies wished they had a flashlight with them. The flash on the camera allowed photos to be taken despite the darkness.
Lee Duquette descending the stairs to the tunnels at Fort Knox
tunnel at Fort Knox
Karen Duquette in a tunnel at Fort Knox
Karen Duquette in a tunnel at Fort Knox
Tunnel at Fort Knox
Tunnel at Fort Knox
These tunnels were very dark (photos aren't dark because of the flash on the camera). The brick floor was uneven and the two RV Gypsies had to walk carefully in order to avoid tripping.
Tunnel at Fort Knox
Lee Duquette in a Tunnel at Fort Knox
Of course there were openings where cannons used to be.
Lee Duquette in a Tunnel at Fort Knox
looking out a porthole
Lee Duquette in a tunnel
view out a porthole
An opening took the two RV Gypsies outside and they photographed a map of the fort that shows how long the sides of the fort are. Those are the tunnels that the two RV Gypsies walked through.
Map of Fort Knox
sign about Fort Knox and the ditch
Now back into more tunnels with openings in the sides. At last, some light.
inside tunnel at Fort Knox
inside tunnel at Fort Knox
cannon at Fort Knox
sign about the design of Fort Knox
sign about the design of Fort Knox
Then the two RV Gypsies exited the tunnel through a side opening (shown on the right side of the below photo) and found themselves outside in a small courtyard.
courtyard at Fort Knox
Below: Lee Duquette climbed up the staircase, then around the corner to a spiral staircase.
Lee Duquette climbs up the staircase
The two RV Gypsies found themselves topside and outside and looked downward at the spiral staircase they just climbed.
spiral staircase at Fort Knox
Views from the topside of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and the Fort Knox courtyard.
the Penobscot Narrows Bridge
courtyard at Fort Knox
The Gulf of Maine
Fort Knox
Fort Knox
The the two RV Gypsies went back down the stairs, through the courtyard, and down more stairs to the outside of the fort by the Gulf of Maine.
more stairs at Fort Knox
Looking across the Gulf of Maine
Looking down the ledge
at flowers in the water.
the Gulf of Maine
flowers in the waters
From outside by the Gulf of Maine, looking up at the outside wall of Fort Knox.
the outside wall of Fort Knox.
the outside wall of Fort Knox.
The two RV Gypsies walked up the hill and got another view of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge
the Penobscot Narrows Bridge
the Penobscot Narrows Bridge
sign about the ambulance
an old ambulance
Fort Knox stone and cannon
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette at Fort Knox
The two RV Gypsies in Maine
August 12-20, 2011
You may view the 11 sections below in any order that you choose.
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Entering Maine
Blue Hill Falls, Blue Hill, Maine
Beauty in Maine
Bubble Rock / Acadia National Park
Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Fort Knox
Thunder Hole/ Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain / Acadia Nat'l Park
Scenic Overlook /Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park Overlooks
Schoodic National Scenic Byway at Acadia National Park
continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies After you have visited all 11 sections above - please continue on to Lubec, Maine - the easternmost town in the contiguous United States