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"Way back in the days of 1790 there was a post office established in Wiscasset; that was, at that time, the most easterly office in this section, and Wiscasset was the market-town for all the surrounding country. The courts were held there and about all the business was done in Wiscasset. It was the recognized metropolis of the east. All mail for the eastern district of Maine was sent to Wiscasset. Persons living in Oldtown or Bangor, Hampden, Bucksport or Castine had to go there for their mail. From 1790 to 1797 George Russell was hired by private subscription to carry the mail between Wiscasset and Castine, stopping at Thomaston and Warren. These journeys were made on foot. The mail was carried in an old carpet bag. It generally took about ten days to make the trip."
This publication outlines with precise details and timelines other milestones in the history of a post office in Bangor and surrounding areas. A roster of clerks and carriers, locations of street collection boxes in Bangor, rules for mailing, advertisements for Bangor business, and more round out this insightful pamphlet.
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Bangor Maine Post Office, "Bangor Local Postal Guide v.1 1899" (1899). Books and Publications. 299.