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The present site is on an island m the middle of the Kenduskeag River, running through the city of Bangor, and the Secretary also states in substance, in the same letter, it was necessary to protect the island on which this site is situated by very strong sea walls, as the flow of ice at the time of spring floods is a menace; that to put the present wall in suitable condition will require the entire appropriat of $60,000 made by Congress last year for that purpose, and when done will be useless unless adjoining property owners portect their river front in as substantial a manner. In addition to this amount there will be an expense of $30,000 to carry the foundations of the building down, so that in case of disastrous floods weakening the sea wall there would be no danger in undermining the building footings.
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United State Senate, "Public Building at Bangor, Maine: May 23, 1911" (1911). Books and Publications. 217.