The city was so beautiful it was called "The Queen City of the East." The shorter Queen City appellation is still used by some local clubs, organizations, events and businesses.
Bangor had certain disadvantages compared to other East Coast ports, including its rival Portland, Maine.
By 1772, there were 12 families, along with a sawmill, store, and school, and in 1787 the population was 567.
Bangor arose as a lumbering boom-town in the 1830s, and a potential demographic and political rival to Portland.
In 1861, the offices of the Democratic newspaper the Bangor Daily Union, were ransacked by a mob, and the presses and other materials thrown into the street and burned.
Editor Marcellus Emery escaped unharmed and it was only after the war that he resumed publishing.
The sawn lumber was then shipped from the city's docks, Bangor being at the head-of-tide (between the rapids and the ocean) to points anywhere in the world. Much was also shipped to the Caribbean and to California during the Gold Rush, via Cape Horn, before sawmills could be established in the west.
Bangorians subsequently helped transplant the Maine culture of lumbering to the Pacific Northwest, and participated directly in the Gold Rush themselves.