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Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA

"Bangor, a city and port of entry, the capital of Penobscot 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. By railroad it is 73 miles N.E. of Augusta, 138 miles N.E. of Portland, and 246 miles from Boston. Lat. 44° 48' N.; lon. 68° 47' W. It is on the Maine Central Railroad, and is the W. terminus of the European & North American Railway, which connects it with t. John in New Brunswick, and is also the N. terminus of the Bucksport & Bangor Railroad, the S.E. terminus of the Piscataquis Railroad, and the N.W. terminus of the Bangor and Bar Harbor Railroad. A bridge, about 1300 feet long, crossing the Penobscot River, connects Bangor with Brewer. Bangor is the third city in the state in population, being exceeded only by Portland and Lewiston. It is one of the greatest depots of lumber in the United States. It is the head of navigation on the Penobscot River, which traverses extensive forests of pine, cedar, spruce, and hemlock. Large steamboats and ships can ascend the river to this place, where the tide rises 17 feet. The Kenduskeag River here affords abundant water-power, which is employed in numerous mills. Bangor contains a granite custom house, which cost $201,755, 5 national banks, 2 savings banks, 19 churches, a high school, 2 daily and 3 weekly newspapers, first-class hotels, 4 foundries with machine shops, 4 furniture-factories, several steam planing-mills, and 3 boot- and shoe-manufactories. This city is the seat of the Bangor Theological Seminary (Congregational), which was founded in 1820 and has an endowment of $170,000 and a library of 13,000 volumes. Nearly 2000 cargoes of lumber are shipped here during the season of navigation. The average quantity of lumber exported in a year is about 200,000,000 feet. Bangor is also engaged in foreign commerce, the coast-trade, and ship-building. About 75 vessels, principally American, clear from Bangor for foreign ports annually, and about 250 vessels engaged in the coast trade, nearly one-half of which are steamers, enter this port. The number of vessels enrolled, registered, and licensed here is about 200, with a tonnage of over 30,000. A dam built across the Penobscot, just above the city, furnishes water for the Holly system of water-works which supplies the city, and also for the great motive-power of its mills. These works and the dam cost $500,000. Pop. in 1840, 8627; in 1850, 14,432; in 1860, 16,407; in 1870, 18,289; in 1880, 16,856; in 1890, 19,103."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1791 - Bangor, Maine founded

  • 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.

  • In 1834, the 264-acre Mount Hope Cemetery was established in Bangor

  • 1859
    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;...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

  • News 1871 - RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
    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,...Read MORE...

  • 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 rec...Read MORE...

  • 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

  • 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...Read MORE...

  • 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 ...Read MORE...

  • News 1889 - FOREST FIRES IN MAINE.
    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 o...Read MORE...

  • Bangor, Maine, USA
    Exchange Street
  • Bangor, Maine, USA
    1892 advertisement

    No Mosquitoes
    Will Bite You!
    If you use freely HARLOW'S 'COMFORT' for Sportsmen, Anglers, or others who frequent the woods at this season.
    This has been used and approved for years. There is no better preparation in the... Read MORE...

    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 ve...Read MORE...

  • News 1896 - FIRE IN A BANGOR BLOCK.
    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....Read MORE...

  • Bangor, Maine, USA
    Public Market
  • Bangor, Maine, USA
    Central Fire Station
  • 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 - Dam...

  • 1916
    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...Read MORE...

  • Bangor, Maine, USA
    Norumbega Mall
  • 1953 - January 25 - WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting

  • 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 a...Read MORE...

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