VII. Grand Trunk To Ocean Gate

During the mid-nineteenth century, several ambitious projects constituted a complete rethinking of how Portland’s waterfront could support commercial growth. Taking advantage of the port’s year round ice-free harbor and the city’s strong trade relations with Canada, the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad, later the Grand Trunk Railroad, transformed the eastern end of the waterfront at the base of Munjoy Hill into an all season transportation hub linking Portland to Montreal and central Canada.