History of Bangor, Maine

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From
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine

By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Boston 1886





Bangor House

The hotel accommodations of the city have been considered as quite superior. The houses are the Bangor House, Penobscot Exchange, Bangor Exchange, Franklin House, and National House. The first is an elegant structure, mainly of brick, occupying an entire square. The railroad and steamboat depots are near it. Mr. F. O. Beal is proprietor of both this and the Penobscot Exchange.

Bangor furnishes the only all-land route from the westward to Mount Desert. Coaches are run daily (except Sunday), during the season, from the Bangor House to Bar Harbor, affording what is said to be one of the most beautiful drives of the country.

Here, also, is the most convenient starting point for some of the best fishing-grounds in the world; while along the north side of the Bangor and Piscataquis railroad, which conveys the traveler to the vicinity of Moosehead Lake, is some of the wildest and most picturesque scenery of the continent, east of the White Mountains. In a grove of elms on the hillside before the Bangor House is the beautiful Unitarian church. Near by is the Opera House, with a unique front and beautifully designed interior. Music Hall is a few doors distant. A business college and Crosby’s School for boys supplement the excellent public schools.

The Bangor Whig, published by Boutelle and Burr, and the Commercial, published by J. P. Bass & Co., are the leading newspapers.. The first is Republican and the latter Democratic in politics. Each has. daily and weekly editions. Other weekly journals are the Freeholder and the Messeuger,—both Greenback in politics,—and the Dingo Rural, a farm journal.

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