Remembering Bangor: The Queen City Before the Great Fire

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On April 30, 1911, a fire ignited in Frank Green's hay shed that changed the city of Bangor forever. From the ashes of the Great Fire, the logging and mill town emerged as a modernized metropolis. In this collection of retrospective articles, Wayne E. Reilly takes a look at the town of Bangor in the years before the fire, when illegal barrooms and brothels were as rampant as the outbreaks of typhoid and smallpox. He explores Bangor in its boomtown days, when ice harvesting and logging were thriving industries, steamboats ferried passengers between cities and a lively theatre scene drew audiences to see the "little Broadway in the Great North Woods." One look through this vibrant window into the past will leave you with your nose pressed to the glass, nostalgic for the olden days of Maine's Queen City.
ISBN: 9781596295902
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 48
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Wayne E. Reilly worked for the Bangor Daily News for 28 years as a reporter, and editorial writer, and an assignment editor. His free-lance writing has appeared in many other publications, and his work has won many professional and civic awards. Using family diaries and letters, he has edited two books, Sarah Jane Foster: Teacher of the Freedmen and The Diaries of Sarah Jane and Emma Ann Foster: A Year in Maine During the Civil War. Since his retirement from the Bangor Daily News, he has written more than 250 columns on Maine and Bangor for the newspaper. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri.
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