George Frederick Morse, a Portland artist and arts supporter, portrayed the Great Fire of Portland as viewed from Commercial Street near the Head of Richardson's Wharf. Collections of Maine Historical Society, courtesy www.MaineMemory.net item #42791
George Frederick Morse, a Portland artist and arts supporter, portrayed the Great Fire of Portland as viewed from Commercial Street near the Head of Richardson's Wharf. Collections of Maine Historical Society, courtesy www.MaineMemory.net item #42791
10000+

People made homeless

1500

Buildings destroyed in blaze

200+

Millions of dollars in property damage*

* Adjusted for inflation.

600+

Buildings erected in the four-month period following the fire

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Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. is an authority on The Great Fire of 1866. He’ll offer a lecture on the subject July 6 at the Maine Historical Society. Photo by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer