Bangor Historical Society To Host Great Fire Of 1911 Walking Tour
I think it might be fairly well known at this point that I'm a sucker for history. It was one of my favorite subjects in school. I've watched just about every Ken Burns documentary that there is. And if there's one historical subject I love above all others, it's local history. And Bangor has a deep, rich, and colorful past.
In particular, I've always found stories surrounding the Great Fire of 1911 extremely fascinating. To think that so much of the city could be decimated by fire is almost unfathomable in this day and age, thanks to modern water mains. Hydrants everywhere, plus immediate availability of other towns to help out, pretty much makes it impossible for a widespread in-town fire like that.
But back then, it was on everyone's minds. Just about every town in America has a story of a devastating fire that pretty much ravaged the whole town. And of course Bangor was no exception. Back in 1911, there was a massive conflagration that almost destroyed the city as we know it today.
To honor the event, the Bangor Historical Society is hosting a Great Fire of 1991 Walking Tour of Bangor, featuring not only the history of the event itself but how Bangor has re-built itself over the last 100+ years to become what we are now.
It's kind of short notice, but it's happening tomorrow. It begins at the Thomas Hill House at 6:00 p.m., and goes until approximately 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person, and I think it's going to be awesome. I wish I could go to this one, but I will definitely make time for it next time it comes around.
But if you're looking for something unique to do with your Saturday night... this just might be the ticket.