Bangor Urban Renewal Authority
This booklet is presented with the compliments of Bangor's Official Urban Renewal Authority in the interest of Bangor citizens and taxpayers. Its purpose is to point out the need, the benefits and the urgency of this vital project. The documented facts will show that this is a now-or-never opportunity for Bangor to solve a serious community problem by accepting an outright Federal Grant, (not a loan) of $5,500,000 to accomplish this purpose.
Most important of all, it will show that if we act now, this vital, multi-million dollar project can be completed with an expenditure of about $120,000 in city funds and with the aim of helping to hold down local taxes.
Many misleading and frightening statements have been made about the impact of the downtown project upon the community. The information presented here is both factual and objective. The Bangor Urban Renewal Authority is interested only in the development and progress of the City of Bangor itself, and does not represent or speak for any private group or special interests.
We urge every citizen and taxpayer to acquaint himself with the facts and figures contained herein. It will then be evident that Bangor's Urban Renewal Plan is beneficial both to Bangor now as well as to the Bangor our children will inherit.
Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Bangor, Francis A. Finnegan, Chairman
Citizens Information Committee
An undated pamplet, likely from 1963 or 1964, which opposes urban renewal plans for Bangor, Maine.
Bangor Daily News
The growth of the Bangor Daily News since its merger with the Whig and Courier is one of the outstanding stories of the newspaper business.
It started when the late J. Norman Towle and Edward H. Blake of Bangor acquired control of the newspaper in 1895. Upon the death of Mr. Blake, Mr. Towle became sole owner. The paper has remained in that family ever since.
Under the influence of Mr. Towle the paper increased its circulation by 1932, from 2,200 to 23,760. When Mr. Towle's health failed in 1929, a son-in-law, Fred D. Jordan, assumed general direction of the paper.
Publication estimated to be between 1963 to 1965.
Bangor Urban Renewal Authority
This undated pamphlet (likely published in 1963) presents "the true facts and figures as well a clear picture of Bangor's downtown Urban Renewal Plan. You will then be prepared to vote in your own best interest as well as the interest of your city -- now and for the future." The focal point of urban renewal at the time was the Kenduskeag Stream Urban Renewal Project.
Many photographs of the area considered in need of renewal are included, as are architectural concepts for the renewal plans.
In June of 1964, voters of the City of Bangor indeed did approve the Kenduskeag Stream Urban Renewal Project at referendum by a vote of 4,044 for to 3,568 against.
Congregation Beth Israel and Henry H. Segal
Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest synagogue in the State of Maine, this year celebrates its 75th anniversary.
This is the story of Beth Israel -- of the men and women who shaped its character -- of the influences which patterned its destiny -- of the spirit which has brought it through crises in the past and which must be trusted to preserve it in the future.
In the aggregate, this chronicle is a review of the Congregation' s struggles , hopes and accomplishments. It is not meant to be a distinguished historical contribution nor a detailed chronological summary of the seventy-five years it covers . Instead, by selecting the more significant and human episodes in our growth, we hope to present a colorful pageant of the modest epic which is our history.
Maine Department of Economic Development
On July 20, 1963, nature will present her most startling phenomenon, a total eclipse of the sun, which will not be seen again in New England in this century. For us at the University of Maine in Orono, partial phase will begin at 4: 38 p.m. EDT, when a slim notch will be seen in the western edge of the sun, cut out by the black figure of the moon which will be passing in front of the sun from west to east. For the next hour the moon will steadily encroach upon the sun until just a thin crescent remains in sight.
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service
In 1970 the Allagash Wilderness Waterway became America’s first federally protected-state managed Wild river. In 1961 United States Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall had commissioned this proposal. This proposal and actions in the Maine Legislature aided in compelling the citizens of Maine to vote in 1966 to protect the river by authorizing a $1.5 million bond.
American Battle Monuments Commission
After the end of World War II a survey made jointly by representatives of the Secretary of War and the American Battle Monuments Commission revealed that all of the sites of the temporary cemeteries established in North Africa during the war had major disadvantages. The present new site was therefore selected and was established in 1948. It lay in the sector of the British First Army which liberated the Tunis area in May 1943.
Here rest 2,840 of our Military Dead, representing 39 percent of the burials which were originally made in 4 North Africa and also in Iran. A high proportion of these gave their lives in the landings in, and occupation of, Morocco and Algeria, and subsequent fighting which culminated in the liberation of Tunisia. Others died as a result of accident or sickness in these and other parts of North Africa, or while serving in the Persian Gulf Command in Iran.
Bangor Chamber of Commerce
A late 1950s or early 1960s fold-out brochure describing entertainment, leisure, educational, and social activites in Bangor and Brewer, Maine. Includes pictures of Bangor House, Penobscot Hotel, Queen City Motel, Twin City Motel, Mokler's Travel Lite Motel, and Fairmount Terrace Motel.
William J. Carney
More than 350 years ago the first white man excreted his wastes into the Kenduskeag Stream. Today, the City of Bangor offers its citizens the same sewage treatment facilities as that given to the crewmen of Samuel de Champlain's ship in 1604.
This report attempts to describe the extent of pollution in the Kenduskeag Stream and point out the potential health hazard of this foul smelling watercourse that divides our city with the sewage of our citizens.
William J. Carney / Director of Public Health
Dow Air Force Base
Welcome to Dow Air Force Base. In its role as a Strategic Air Command heavy bomber base, Dow is one of the most vital and historic installations in the United States Air Force.
Dow is located in the suburbs of Bangor, Maine and as such, is one of the eastern-most bases in the Continental United States.
Because of the fact that a permanent change of station is most often a strange and confusing experience, probably the most important questions you have now are those concerning facilities that are available at Dow, the local community, the people with whom you will work and the machinery at your disposal to help minimize "settling in" problems.
We hope the information contained in this guide will answer most of your questions and that you will find Dow and the city of Bangor a friendly community and that you will enjoy your tour here.
Dow Air Force Base
It is a pleasure to welcome you to Dow Air Force Base and the State of Maine. You will find the base a beautiful installation and the community a friendly place in which to live and work.
We are a part of the Strategic Air Command whose strength and deterrent posture is known throughout the world. Our success depends upon you; we can remain alert and strong only through your dedicated and energetic efforts.
we know you will be proud to be a part of the Dow community and we invite you to join in the cordial relationship between the base and the cities of Bangor and Brewer.
This guide will acquaint you with the facilities and services at Dow and in the State of Maine. Again, welcome on behalf of all the personnel presently enjoying their stay at Dow.
Colonel George W.R. Zethren, Commander USAF
Dedication Program of the Jewish Community Council, Hebrew School, Bangor, Maine: December 4, 1960 / Kislev 15, 5721
Jewish Community Council, Bangor, Maine
"I am very happy to extend to you tonight my personal greetings and those of the members of our Hebrew School Committee. I know that you rejoice with me on this Dedication Night. This evening brings to completion a project that has fired the imagination of our community; the Dedication of our beautiful Hebrew School.
The Jewish Community of Bangor has taken great pride in the achievement of providing 53 years of Jewish education for our children. Many institutions and buildings have served in the past as the home of our Hebrew School. Tonight, after these many years, a permanent structure, modern and beautiful, is dedicated; dedicated to the children of the present and the children of the future.
Max Striar, Chairman, Hebrew School Committee
Pamphlet includes a brief history of the Jewish community in Bangor and photographs of the school and its community supporters.
Merchants National Bank
This undated pamphlet, likely published in 1960, provides information about Merchants National Bank services. Included are picture of the interior and exterior of Merchants locations at 25 Broad Street, Bangor, Union Street at 14th, Bangor, 77 North Main Street, Brewer, and at Dow Air Force Base.
Merchants National Bank of Bangor and Bud Leavitt
Maine: snow and sun-drenched playground called vacationland. Here in Maine are some of the most productive fishing waters in the U.S. A. More than 2.500 lakes, ponds, streams and brooks - seventeen million acres of rich hunting and fishing grounds for the nimrod.
For the fresh-water enthusiast, nothing can compare with the smallmouth bass found in Maine's lakes, ponds and rivers. In a picture-book setting of crystal-clear waters which mirror tall, stately pine, spruce and birch trees, the salmon, trout and bass grow to phenomenal size and in great numbers.
This is the fishing and hunting country which knows no "off' season. All this plus a magnificent coastline for salt-water angling addicts with picturesque open waters, bays and inlets for the man who thrills to cruising or sailing ... 2500 miles of seacoast with a never ending variety of fascinating scenes.
[The material for this publication was prepared by Bud Leavitt, Outdoor Editor of the Bangor Daily News. Publication date not identified; presumed to be about 1960].
Colorful pamphlet showing Pilots Grill on Outer Hammond Street in Bangor, Maine. Pamphlet is not dated, but appears to be from 1959 or 1960.
125th Anniversary Steering Committee
For two and one-half years a group of Bangor area citizens worked as a cohesive committee planning, organizing and promoting a year-long program in observance of Bangor's 125th Anniversary as an incorporated city. The Anniversary Committee was formed in April 1957 and worked together through the Anniversary Year, 1959. The objectives of the celebration were to focus local, regional and national attention upon Bangor, attract tourists and visitors to our city and instill in our citizens a greater pride in the community. We feel these aims were met through a year's program of events, conventions and daily tourist attractions. However, this would not have been possible without the complete cooperation given the committee by all that were called upon for assistance. These include city and state officials, news media representatives, individuals from every type of business and professional organization , as well as hundreds of civic club members.
Bangor, Maine: An Up-to-the-Minute Map of Up-to-the-Minute Bangor With a Guide to the City and Its Historic Spots
Bangor, Maine 125th Anniversary Committee
A pamphlet and map published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city of Bangor, Maine. Included are: an outline of the history of Bangor written by the late Raymond Fellows, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Maine, and by the reference staff of the Bangor Public Library; a listing of twenty-five still visible objects of historic interest; twenty-five historic objects no longer standing; and a detailed street map of Bangor which highlights past and current historic points of interests in the city.
Gordon W. Clapp and 125th Anniversary Steering Committee
A series of pamphlet, papers, and photographs revolving around the events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Bangor as a city. A street-by-street guide and map for a tour of Bangor's points of interest are also included.
Osmond Richard Cummings
Converted horsecars, large, easy-riding suburban types with and without smoking compartments, single and double truck Birney cars, center-entrance trailers with trolley poles and small 4- wheel arch roof semi-convertibles -- all of these were among the wide variety of rolling stock owned by the Portland Railroad, Maine's third largest electric railway.
Altogether, the Portland Railroad owned over 300 cars during its lifetime -- from 1863 to 1941 -- and most of them were products of J.G. Brill or two of its subsidiaries, Wason and Stephenson. There also were a number of Laconia, Jones, American and home-built cars on the roster, but these were in the minority.
Portland Railroad cars were always well maintained and they were being overhauled and painted right up to within a year or two of the end of rail service. It can be said truthfully that the nearly 40- year-old cars being used in the last years of trolley operation were in as good condition as when they were purchased.
Development Credit Corporation of Maine
"Some ten years ago certain bankers and business men of Maine conceived the idea of some organization which would help to fill the gap which existed in our financial structure and assist in part, at least, those concerns which were unable to satisfy their financial requirements through ordinary bank credit or the capital market.
As a result of their deliberations, study and planning, the Development Credit Corporation of Maine was formed, financed largely by member banking institutions, backed up by capital advanced by Maine businesses. This corporation was formed along the lines of the free enterprise system with no state or governmental guaranties of any kind, with bankers and businessmen assuming the full risks of loss and with no special tax advantages.
Today we have ten years of experience behind us. The Corporation has made seventy- four loans totaling $2,186,282.78. The amount of loans paid out in full has amounted to $978,727.95, and partial payments were $236,982.80, with losses of $48,015.10.
At the time the Credit Corporation was formed, there was considerable skepticism in the minds of many who feared that losses resulting from our loans of such a risk nature would soon dissipate its available funds. This skepticism has proved to be unfounded. Losses over the ten-year period have amounted to 2.2% of total loans made, or two-tenths of one percent per year. Considering the risk nature of our loans, we feel that this is quite a satisfactory ratio. In fact, if it had been less, we would not have been doing the job which we had undertaken."
Includes photographs of buildings assisted by this program, including Sylvania Electric Products in Waldoboro, Maine; Hillcrest Poultry Company in Lewiston, Maine; Edwards Company in Pittsfield, Maine; Maine Paper Tube Corporation in South Gardiner, Maine; Viner Bros. Inc. in Bangor, Maine; Commonwealth Shoe & Leather Company in Gardiner, Maine; Bonnar-Vawter in Rockland, Maine; and Bangor Shoe Manufacturing Company in Bangor, Maine.
Maine Department of Economic Development
"The Penobscot Region is one of Maine's fastest developing areas. It is a prosperous region with valuable timber resources, with excellent water and power resources and with a commanding position for distributive and marketing functions in northern and eastern Maine and adjacent areas of Canada. Its modern transportation facilities -- super-highway, air, rail, and ocean -- serve an expanding industrial economy. Its key city, Bangor, is third largest in the state and its colorful history as lumber capital of the nation is reflected in today's energetic and progressive citizens.
It is a region with abundant space for growth and a willingness to assist new as well as existing industry. We welcome your inquiry into more specific details about this area.
Detailed information on individual communities within the reg ion, on industrial sites keyed to specific industries, or on aspects of potential development will be sent on request."
Maine Industrial Building Authority
A pamphlet from the late 1950s (exact date not specified) detailing the the Maine Industrial Building Authority (MIBA). MIBA was created to "encourage the making of mortgage loans for the purpose of furthering industrial expansion in the state."
Maine Publicity Bureau
This twenty-fifth edition of MAINE INVITES YOU is designed to help you plan for that glorious vacation which only the great Pine Tree State can offer.
Between the covers of this booklet an endless variety of information has been arranged for the sole purpose of introducing you to Maine's limitless VACATIONLAND possibilities.
By word and picture we hope to convey some idea of the way Nature has showered her greatest blessings on Maine -- silent, mysterious forests, the beauty of lakes and hills, the music of streams, the sweep of great rivers, the majesty of a rock-bound coast and sea-girt isles.
That's why it's such a pleasure to send you this copy of MAINE INVITES YOU -- to assist you in planning for maximum enjoyment during your visit to Maine.
A county index map on the opposite page and a complete index of advertisers at the back of the book will help you to locate the place that may interest you. Handy inquiry cards also are included for your convenience in requesting more specific information or reservations from advertisers.
We'll appreciate your mentioning MAINE INVITES YOU when corresponding or conversing with those who have participated in making this book possible. This Bureau is at your service at all times to help you plan for the happiest vacation possible.
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