Bangor is the county seat of Maine's Penobscot County. Located near Hermon and Orono, the city is also known as the "Gateway to The Maine Highlands Region." Homes for rent in the community are centrally located in the state and are within a 90-minute drive of outdoor attractions like Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State Park and the Moosehead Lake Region.
Historical Facts About Bangor
As early as 1525, Estavan Gomez, a Portuguese mariner who was a captain in Magellan's fleet, sailed the Spanish caravel La Anunciada up the Penobscot River to the present-day Bangor area. The exploration was part of a commission from King Charles V of Spain to find the legendary northwest passage to the Orient.
Bangor was incorporated in 1791.
Bangor is named after an Irish hymn that's said to be a favorite of pastor Seth Noble, who originally planned to name the town Sunbury.
By the 1850s, Bangor was known as the lumber capital of the world. Shipbuilding and commerce turned it into one of the busiest ports on the East Coast.
In the 20th century, Bangor's sawmills and shipyards were replaced by today's dominant forest industry, which produces pulp and paper.
Helpful Resources for New Renters
Bangor has a comprehensive website that's bursting with useful information that new renters can use to get acquainted with their new city. It has everything from an events calendar to online services, employment opportunities, government details and department contact information.