Bangor City, ME
The seat of justice of Penobscot Co, ME, situated on the west side of Penobscot river, at the head of tidewater, 58 miles from the Atlantic, 68 miles NE of Augusta and 230 miles NE Boston. Vast quantities of lumber are annually floated down the river to this place, where it is shipped to the West Indies and various parts of the Union. This city is built on elevated ground, affording a fine view of the surrounding country, and is tastefully laid out, and adorned with trees. The public as well as private buildings are, many of them, neat and elegant. The harbor is inaccessible for 4 months of the winter, but will admit, at other times, vessels of 300 or 400 tons, the tide alone rising to a height of 17 feet. Lines of steamboats connect the city with Portland, and a railroad extends 12 miles up river to Old town. The Bangor Theological seminary was incorporated in 1834, and is in prosperous condition.
Population in 1790 was 169, in 1800 was 277, in 1810 was 850, in 1820 was 1,221, in 1830 was 2,867, in 1840 was 8,627 and in 1850 was 14,432