Boats moored along the Penobscot River in Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine

Bangor is a small city situated in Penobscot County in the US State of Maine. The city is located approximately 207km from Portland, Maine, and 172km from Lewiston, Maine.

Geography And Climate Of Bangor

Bangor Opera House at Main Street in downtown Bangor, Maine
Bangor Opera House at Main Street in downtown Bangor, Maine. Editorial credit: Wangkun Jia /

Bangor covers a total area of 89.60 sq. km, of which 88.73 sq. km is occupied by land, and 0.87 sq. km is covered by water. Bangor experiences a humid continental climate characterized by cold winters and warm summers. The city sits along the Penobscot River, which drains into the Atlantic Ocean.

History Of Bangor

View of Stephen King's house on Broadway in Bangor, Maine
View of Stephen King's house on Broadway in Bangor, Maine. Editorial credit: Gchapel /

The Penobscot Native Americans are the earliest known inhabitants of what is now Bangor, Maine. Contact with Europeans was made in the early 1500s. The French were the first to lay claim to the area, and a Jesuit mission in 1609 is considered the first settlement in what is now Bangor. A settlement was then created in 1769 by Jacob Buswell, which he called, Norumbega. The name was later changed to Sunbury, but when the town was incorporated in 1791, it went by the name of Bangor. During the revolutionary war, the area was the home of the Penobscot Expedition, a naval fleet led by Paul Revere. The expedition was defeated at Bangor, and the ships remained at the bay until the 1950s. Bangor was later sacked by the British during the War of 1812. Approximately a decade later, Bangor was part of the new state of Maine, which had seceded from Massachusetts in 1820. Maine went on to fight on the side of the Union in the civil war in the 1860s. The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment was formed in Bangor and incurred the most losses of any unit on the Union side of the war. Bangor continued to develop after the Civil War, particularly in the areas of lumber and shipping. Wealthy patrons of the city emphasized Greek revivalist and Victorian home designs that gave Bangor a distinct identity relative to the rest of the northeast. The first automotive snow plow was invented and patented in Bangor in 1920. The city then became host to a joint military-civilian airport in 1921. Bangor suffered an intense flood in 1976. Vince Mcmahon, professional wrestling's most famous promoter, ran his first show in Bangor in 1979. Modern Bangor is economically reliant on retail, healthcare, and education. 

Population Of Bangor

Bangor has a population of 31,753 inhabitants as per the latest US Census. Approximately 90% of the city's population is white, while 3% of the city is of mixed-race origins. There is a black population comprising 1.84% of Bangor, while there is a 1.79% Native American population and a 1.63% Asian population. Bangor has a low religious population of only 24%. Approximately 11% of religious Bangor residents adhere to Catholic Christianity, while 3% follow the Methodist tradition of Christianity. The remaining religious residents follow varying forms of Christianity, and the largest non-christian group in the city follows Judaism.

Attractions In Bangor

Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine
Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine. Editorial credit: EWY Media /

Visitors can see the Paul Bunyan statue commemorating the folk hero of eastern Canada and the US. People can also view the home of acclaimed author Stephen King. The Cole Land Transportation Museum is a great spot to study and admire the history of vehicles. There are plays and performances to be seen at the Penobscot Theater Company. Finally, those looking to enjoy a night out can find the Hollywood Casino and the 2 Feet Brewing Company.

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