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Today, Bangor's economy is based on services and retail, healthcare, and education.
Bangor became for a time the largest lumber port in the world, and the site of furious land speculation that extended up the Penobscot River valley and beyond.
The Penobscot River Maine North Woods drainage basin above Bangor was unattractive to settlement for farming, but well suited to lumbering.
The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the metropolitan Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746.
Evidence of this is still visible in the lumber barons' elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the 31 foot high statue of Paul Bunyan.
During the American Civil War the locally mustered 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first to march out of Maine in 1861, and played a prominent part in the First Battle of Bull Run.
The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, mustered in Bangor and commanded by a local merchant, lost more men than any other Union regiment in the war (especially in the Second Battle of Petersburg, 1864).The city was so beautiful it was called "The Queen City of the East." The shorter Queen City appellation is still used by some local clubs, organizations, events and businesses.Bangor had certain disadvantages compared to other East Coast ports, including its rival Portland, Maine.Historically Bangor was an important stopover on the great circle route air route between the U. Contact with Europeans was not uncommon during the 1500s because the fur trade was lucrative and the Penobscot were willing to trade pelts for European goods.The site was visited by Portuguese explorer Esteban Gómez in 1524 and by Samuel de Champlain in 1605.The passion of the Aroostook War signaled the increasing role lumbering and logging were playing in the Maine economy, particularly in the central and eastern sections of the state.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating