Downtown burning, Bangor, 1911

Contributed by Bangor Public Library


Hand-colored lantern slide showing how the Bangor Fire spread. The initial starting point of the fire, in J. Frank Green's hay shed, is in the foreground on the left. Born by strong gusts, the flames jumped the Kenduskeag Stream an hour later, igniting much of the downtown and wealthy residental districts, visible on the right.

Later in the evening, the fire leapt back across the Kenduskeag, but the consruction of a fire wall and strategic dynamiting of several buildings stopped its further advance, visible in the left background. This image shows the severity of the fire; residents in Bar Harbor reported seeing a column of smoke, and inhabitants of Brunswick claimed to have seen an orange glow in the sky from a hundred miles away.

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  • Title: Downtown burning, Bangor, 1911
  • Creator: Leyland Whipple
  • Creation Date: 1911-04-30
  • Subject Date: 1911-04-30
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Lantern slide
  • Dimensions: 6.8 cm x 7.4 cm
  • Local Code: Whipple 18
  • Collection: Whipple Lantern Slide Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 947-8336

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