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Legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan is the symbol of this inland city—but so is novelist Stephen King.




In the late 1800s, Bangor was the "lumber capital of the world," the financial and distribution nexus for the timber wealth of Maine's forests. Ships crowded the Penobscot river docks waiting to be loaded with lumber bound for points near and far.

Today it's a working city of 35,000, the center of urban living in central Maine, with hospitals, a university campus, the Bangor Mall for shopping, and other essential services for a wide area.

Hotels on the outskirts, and a few restaurants downtown and on commercial streets, provide lodging and sustinence for travelers.

There are domestic flights and buses to Bangor, but no trains.

Concord Coach Lines connects Bangor with other Maine towns such as Portland, and with Boston MA, by bus.

Cyr Bus Lines runs buses from Bangor to northern Maine towns, all the way to Presque Isle and Caribou ME.

Bangor International Airport has no scheduled international flights, but many international flights land there for reasons of low fuel, inclement weather or unruly passengers. A former military airbase, it has a very long runway and equipment to serve the largest passenger jets.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor ME

Above, Paul Bunyan statue, Bangor ME.

Below, Main Street, Bangor ME.

Main Street, Bangor ME



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