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Take a walk through Portland’s historic Riverton Trolley Park

This photo, from around 1900, shows folks canoeing along the Presumpscot River at Riverton Trolley Park. The canoes in front are called "Kiddo" and "Arrow." The Portland Railroad Company built the park to encourage customers to ride the trolley during off-peak hours, weekends and holidays. The park was very popular at the turn of the 20th century, but suffered a decline in attendance after the 1918 flu epidemic and World War I. It was reborn as an amusement park in the 1920s, but did not last long. Courtesy of Maine Historical Society Item #29409 on MaineMemory.net.

For 20 cents, Portland’s turn-of-the-20th-century day-trippers could climb aboard a Portland Railroad Company trolley car and spend the day at Riverton Trolley Park. According to Maine Memory Network, those folks could dine, dance, play croquet, watch a vaudeville act or even see a hot-air balloon and parachute show by Monsieur Roberto, billed as “Meteor of the Sky.” […]

I went to the desert in search of sun and sand. What I found instead was mud and adventure

I held the Maine flag aloft while standing on the rocks on the west side of the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes north of Moab, Utah. Dom Chang took the photo for me.

I started planning the April trip before Christmas. It was epic. I drove four days straight, more than 2,500 miles from my home in Portland, Maine, to Moab, Utah, a mecca for desert motorsports adventure. Dragging my Russian sidecar bike behind my truck, I made it all the way out west, over the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, […]

VIDEO: Singing a song with Schooner Fare

It was a childhood dream come true. Instead of sitting in the audience at the annual Schooner Fare / Devonsquare Reunion Concert to benefit the Jack McPhillips Memorial fund on Sunday, I was onstage singing with Schooner Fare. I’d played the show a few times before with Dave Rowe, my partner in The Squid Jiggers, […]

VIDEO: Portland. Yes, the weed’s good (and sort of legal) here

BDN photojournalist and songster, Troy R. Bennett, puts two of Portland's best stories of 2013 in one song.

Well, it’s been an interesting year in Portland, my home town. We’re getting our floating link to Nova Scotia back and the city has wrestled with what to do about panhandlers in the median strips. There’s even been talk about replacing city lawnmowers with sheep. But the two stories that have been kicking around in my noggin are […]