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Bangor, Maine, USA
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Where is Bangor, Maine, USA? 

Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA
[BAN-gor or BANG-gor] is the major city in, and county seat of, Penobscot County, incorporated as a town on February 24, 1834 from the former Kunduskee (or Kenduskeag) Plantation. On March 26, 1853 the “Queen City” was incorporated as a city just at the beginning of its legendary history as a booming community when logging was king.

The area was first settled by Jacob Buswell and his family in 1769...

According to Henry Gannett,* Bangor was named by the Rev. Seth Noble, its representative in the legislature, from an old psalm tune...

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1791 - Bangor, Maine founded
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History of Bangor, Maine

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1812 - Bangor fire
During the War of 1812, the British forged up the Penobscot River, shelled the community, and ignited a disastrous fire virtually destroying it.
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In 1834, the 264-acre Mount Hope Cemetery was established in Bangor
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BANGOR, a town of Maine, U. S., the cap. of Penobscot co., on the W side of the Penobscot river, 60 m. from the ocean; in N lat. 44 48, W long. 68 47; 68 m. ENE of Augusta, and 230 m. NE of Boston. Pop. in 1790, 169; in 1830, 2,868, in 1840, 8,627. It conducts and active commerce in lumber,...Read MORE...

News  1869 - Advertised her husband
Anna Wall has advertised her husband, at Bangor, Me, saying he had left her bed and board, and she refuses to pay his debts.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
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News  1871 - Too Much Snow
Bangor, Me., has had eleven snow storms this season before Christmas.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 7, 1871
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News  1871 - Snapped Like Threads
The Bangor (Me.) Whig reports that, owing to the intense cold, the wires of the Western Union Telegraph line, between that city and Lewiston, were recently broken in nearly fifty places. The wires were put up during the hot weather, last summer, and contracting with the cold, snapped like threads.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 14, 1871
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Bangor, Maine, August 9. - As a passenger train on the Maine Central Railway was entering the city tonight, the bridge over the Hampden Road gave way, causing a general smash-up, which killed one person outright and injured 30 others more or less seriously. The engine and a portion of the train...Read MORE...

News  1872 - 90 Years in the Penobscot
A cannon recovered from the bed of the Penobscot, after being submerged for ninety years, was used to fire a salute at Bangor on Washington's birthday.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 16, 1872
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1886 - Bangor
Bangor is situated in the southern part of Penobscot County, on the Penobscot River, about 60 miles from the sea and 30 from the head of the hay, and has a harbor deep enough to goat the largest vessels. It is 250 miles from Boston and 140 miles from Portland. It is the shire town and the only city ...Read MORE...

County Roads Impossible on Account of the Heat - Blazes Elsewhere.

Bangor, Me., Sept. 13. - It has now been more than a month since a single drop of rain fell in this section. Yesterday Bangor, which is miles from the center of the vast belt of forest fires now raging, felt their effect...Read MORE...

1892 - advertisement

Bangor Daily Whig and Courier
Bangor, Maine
June 30, 1892
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Bangor, Me., April 18. - Fire started in the Merchants' Hotel at 1:30 o'clock this morning. The flames went up through the four stories to the roof very quickly. The guests were panic stricken and many jumped from the windows. Seven were injured.

F. W. SAVAGE of this city, a commercial traveler, ...Read MORE...

A fire, apparently of incendiary origin, broke out in the brick block owned by J. P. Bass at the foot of Main street in Bangor, Me., Saturday evening. The flames started in a closet on the third story, where no one was in the habit of going. The loss is principally by water, the fire being...Read MORE...

News  1911 - BANGOR, ME., IS IN FLAMES. Greater Part of City Burned and Fire Still Raging. LOSS NEARLY $10,000,000
Two Persons Have Been Killed, Twenty Injured and Thousands Are Homeless - Mayor Proclaims Martial Law and Calls Out Troops.

Bangor, Me, May 1 - Damage already estimated at nearly $10,000,000 has been caused by a fire which broke out in Bacon & Robinson's coal sheds on Broad street Sunday...Read MORE...

Bangor, a city and port of entry, the capital of Penob scot co., Me., is pleasantly situated on the right bank of the Penobscot River, at the mouth of the Kenduskeag, about 60 miles from the ocean. It is on the Maine Central and the Bangor and Aroostook Rs., 138 miles NE. of Portland and 24« miles...Read MORE...

1953 - January 25 - WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
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Operation Alert 1955 - Bangor
On June 15, 1955, the city of Bangor briefly became a ghost town as it participated in a national civil defense exercise in which about fifty cities across the country were evacuated. Hospitals and public safety organizations assisted “victims” of a nuclear attack.
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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Martha K. Kendrick (1823, Bangor, Maine, USA - 16 June 1878, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Elizabeth "Betsey" Michels (6 January 1784, Bangor, Maine, USA - 25 July 1850, Clinton, Kennebec, Maine, USA)
flag  George Michels (12 February 1755, Bangor, Maine, USA - , )

flag  Catherine O'Brien (1856, Bangor, Maine, USA - 8 March 1874, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Isaac Wheeler (19 June 1817 - 13 September 1899) & Martha Springer Norcross (10 August 1817 - 11 May 1876)
married 20 July 1837

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