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Penobscot County

Bangor, city and p-t., the capital of Penobscot co., Me. It is situated at the head of the navigation on the w. side of Penobscot river, 60 miles from the ocean. It is in 44° 47' 50' n. lat., and 68° 47' w. lon., 68 e. n. e. Augusta, 120 n. E. by E. Portland, 230 n. e. Boston, Mass., 663 W. Pop. 1790, 169; 1800, 277; 1810, 850 1820, 1,221; 1830, 2,868; 1840, 8,627. Kenduskeag, a stream 190 yards wide at its mouth, divides the city into 2 parts, which are connected by bridges. This stream has falls about 1 mile from the city, which afford many mill seats. Just above the city, is abridge across the Penobscot r., 1,320 feet long, connecting it with Orrington, which cost $50,000. The harbor, which is at and below the mouth of the Kenduskeag, is spacious; the tide here rises 17 feet, and is of itself sufficient to float vessels of a large class. The principal article of trade is lumber, which comes down the river in immense quantities. 1,200 vessels, of over 100 tons burden each, are employed, in the season of navigation, in the lumber trade, besides a large number of vessels engaged in the coasting and foreign trade. It has an extensive back country, in which there is much good land. The city occupies a pleasant and commanding situation, affording a fine view of the river and surrounding country. The buildings, both public and private, are not only neat, but many of them elegant. Steamboats regularly ply between this place and Portland, and Boston, when the river is open, which is about eight months in the year. Bangor has 7 churches, 1 Congregational, 1 Episcopal, 1 Baptist, 1 Methodist, 1 Lutheran, 1 Universalist, and 1 Roman Catholic. It was incorporated as a town in 1791; as a city, in 1834. The Bangor Theological Seminary, originally called the "Maine Charity School," and first located at Hampden, 6 ms. s., was opened in 1816. It is designed to give a classical and theological education for the ministry, in a shorter time than is ordinarily employed in a collegiate and theological course, and is under the direction of the Congregationalists. It has 3 professors, 43 students, 139 alumni, and 7,000 vols, in its libraries. 11 commercial and commission houses in foreign trade, cap. $98,500; 134 ret. stores, cap. $318,500; value of lumber produced $305,500; 1 tannery, 2 grist m., 42 saw m., 3 printing offices, 1 daily, 2 weekly newspapers. Cap. in manufactures $101,800. 2 academies, 29 students, 25 schools, 1,647 scholars. Read More about Maine other States, Counties and towns


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