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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.
Bangorians subsequently helped transplant the Maine culture of lumbering to the Pacific Northwest, and participated directly in the Gold Rush themselves.
Lying on the Penobscot River, logs could be floated downstream from the Maine North Woods and processed at the city's water-powered sawmills, then shipped from Bangor's port to the Atlantic ocean 30 miles downstream, and from there to any port in the world.
Modern Bangor was established in the mid-1800s with the lumber and shipbuilding industries.
The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the metropolitan Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746.
Evidence of this is still visible in the lumber barons' elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the 31 foot high statue of Paul Bunyan.