An Effort to Move Maine's Capital
The state capital was moved from Portland to Augusta in 1832. In the winter of 1907, some residents of Portland began maneuvering to win it back. At least one other city also joined the fray.
Within days a bidding war had begun. Joseph P. Bass, the publisher of the Bangor Daily Commercial, pledged $100,000 if lawmakers would ship the capital to Bangor, claimed the Bangor Daily News. An unnamed Lewiston power broker had put up $500,000, but the reporter admitted uncertainty as to whether the bidder was serious or even a real person.
The serious bidding was still to come. Portland city fathers offered to raise $500,000 toward the project, the Bangor Daily News reported on Jan. 29. On March 4 they upped the ante to $750,000. A site would also be provided. [Link]