Having a Blast in 1905
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Henderson's PointStrawbery Banke Presents

On July 22, 1905 Henderson’s Point blew up. Engineers used 50 tons of dynamite to remove a 540-foot spit of land known locally as "Pull-and-be-Damned-Point".. The largest explosion to that date in world history removed a dangerous point of navigation in Portsmouth Harbor. A large crowd gathered to witness the event while others, fearing disaster, quickly got out of town.

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Henderson's point

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Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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