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.