Evidence of this is still visible in the lumber barons' elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the 31 foot high statue of Paul Bunyan.
Today, Bangor's economy is based on services and retail, healthcare, and education.
Founded as Condeskeag Plantation, Bangor was incorporated as a New England town in 1791. Like the possibly eponymous Bangor, Wales, the final syllable is pronounced gor, not ger.
In 2015, local public officials, journalists, doctors, policemen, photographers, restaurateurs, TV personalities and Grammy-winning composers came together to record the You Tube video "How to Say Bangor".
Bangorians subsequently helped transplant the Maine culture of lumbering to the Pacific Northwest, and participated directly in the Gold Rush themselves.
Bangor, Washington; Bangor, California; and Little Bangor, Nevada, are legacies of this contact.
The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, mustered in Bangor and commanded by a local merchant, lost more men than any other Union regiment in the war (especially in the Second Battle of Petersburg, 1864).
Historically Bangor was an important stopover on the great circle route air route between the U. Contact with Europeans was not uncommon during the 1500s because the fur trade was lucrative and the Penobscot were willing to trade pelts for European goods.In 1769 Jacob Buswell founded a settlement at the site.By 1772, there were 12 families, along with a sawmill, store, and school, and in 1787 the population was 567.By 1860, Bangor was the world's largest lumber port, with 150 sawmills operating along the river.The city shipped over 150 million boardfeet of lumber a year, much of it in Bangor-built and Bangor-owned ships.