Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett

Photographer

Troy Bennett takes photos and video for the BDN in Portland and beyond. Before joining the BDN in February 2012, Troy worked for the Times Record of Brunswick.
 
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John Poor’s railway

By Troy R. Bennett on July 17, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.
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This frostbitten man brought Canadian railroad wealth to Portland

on July 17, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
John Alfred Poor got frostbite and pneumonia on his grueling trek to bring trains from Canada to Portland.
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Meet a Maine man who can shuck 1,000 pounds of lobsters in a day

on July 13, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
He can turn a steaming, red-shelled carcass into a mound of mouthwatering meat in just a few seconds.
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Lobster shucker

By Troy R. Bennett on July 13, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
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Portland’s last cannon shot

By Troy R. Bennett on July 10, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
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How Portland’s last ‘whorehouse riot’ got started

on July 10, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
The sailors came back one night, three weeks later, with a 6-pound cannon. They fired it into King’s house.
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 07/05/17 -- Fort Gorges, named for an early English proprietor of the area, sits on Hog Island Ledge in Portland Harbor on Wednesday. Begun in 1858, it was finished in 1864 but never garrisoned. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Portland’s Fort Gorges

By Troy R. Bennett on July 06, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
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Fort Gorges, named for an early English proprietor of the area, sits on Hog Island Ledge in Portland Harbor. Begun in 1858, it was finished in 1864 but never garrisoned.

A picturesque island fort off Portland is getting some much-needed safety upgrades

By Troy R. Bennett on July 06, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to start making safety upgrades to Fort Gorges in Portland Harbor, starting Thursday.
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Hazel Eaton beats the Wall of Death

By Troy R. Bennett on July 03, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
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They shipped her home in a coffin but she wasn’t dead

on July 03, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
Before she was 20, at a time when women weren’t trusted to vote, she rode a motorcycle to stardom on the wall of death.

Zoo Cain’s colorful life

By Troy R. Bennett on June 29, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Portland artist Zoo Cain sits in his St. John Valley neighborhood apartment on Tuesday. Cain says he's been an artist his whole life.

Mainer started coloring as a little boy and never stopped

By Troy R. Bennett on June 29, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
“I end up coloring just about I everything have — hammers, screwdrivers, you name it. It always gets colored.”
WELLS, MAINE -- 06/13/17 -- Wildlife biologist Patrick Keenan holds a male towhee in his hand at the Wells Preserve this month before removing 54 engorged deer ticks from around its eyes. The ticks were preserved and sent to Maine Medical Center's Research Institute in Scarborough. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Ticks on migratory birds

By Troy R. Bennett on June 28, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
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Portland’s Union Station

By Troy R. Bennett on June 27, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.
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This Portland train station was demolished to make room for a strip mall

on June 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
There’s still two remnants of Union Station you can see in Portland today. Part of the train shed made its was to Thompson’s Point. What’s left of the old clock sits in a glass case in Congress Square.

There ain’t no more

By Troy R. Bennett on June 22, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
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Death of a folk singer and remembering what’s worth forgetting

on June 22, 2017, at 6:04 a.m.
“What happens to all the good stuff if it doesn’t get remembered? What happens to all the good square dances, what happens to the pot lucks?”

From pocket change to publishing

By Troy R. Bennett on June 19, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
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He wanted firecrackers but ended up a millionaire instead

on June 19, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
He used the three cents in his pocket to buy three newspapers, which he sold on the corner at a profit. By the end of the day, he had nine cents. When he died, 71 years later he was worth $174 million, which is $43.2 billion in todays cash.
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16 Counties Song

By Troy R. Bennett on June 14, 2017, at 10:13 a.m.