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Bangor is a city in and the county seat of Penobscot County in the U.S. state of Maine, and the major commercial and cultural center for eastern and northern Maine. Bangor is the principal city of the Bangor Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 153,923, and encompasses all of Penobscot County.

As of 2008, Bangor is the third most populous city in Maine, as it has been for more than a century. Bangor is the largest market town, distribution center, transportation hub, and media center in a five-county area whose population tops 330,000 and which includes Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Aroostook, and Washington counties.

Bangor in The Hot War[]

Bangor was the first U.S. city on the East Coast the Soviets attacked with an atomic bomb, which occurred on March 2, 1951. They were also able to drop a bomb in Newfoundland in Canada.[1]

Bangor remained the only American city on the East Coast destroyed by an atomic bomb until May 1952 when Boston, New York City and Washington, DC were hit as well.

Bangor in "Must and Shall"[]

Vice President Hannibal Hamlin retired to Bangor in 1864 after being passed over for renomination of Vice President in favor of Andrew Johnson. In July, an emergency telegram summoned him out of Bangor to Washington to assume the Presidency following Abraham Lincoln's death on July 12th.[2]


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 159, ebook.
  2. Counting Up, Counting Down, p. 57.