125 years of BDN news in photos

1889: Bangor Street Railway begins trolley service
BDN File Photo
1889: Bangor Street Railway begins trolley service
1892: Freese's department store opens on Main St.
BDN File Photo
1892: Freese's department store opens on Main St.
1898: Battleship Maine sinks in Havana Harbor
BDN File Photo
1898: Battleship Maine sinks in Havana Harbor
1907: Bangor's Union Station opens
Spike Webb
1907: Bangor's Union Station opens
1910: President William Howard Taft speaks from the portico of the Bangor House
Courtesy of Dick Shaw
1910: President William Howard Taft speaks from the portico of the Bangor House
1911: The Great Fire ravages Bangor
BDN File Photo
1911: The Great Fire ravages Bangor
1914: Fire destroys BDN building downtown
BDN File Photo
1914: Fire destroys BDN building downtown
1933: Amelia Earhart (center) visits the Bangor House
Courtesy of Dick Shaw
1933: Amelia Earhart (center) visits the Bangor House
1937: Public Enemy Al Brady is shot by an FBI agent in downtown Bangor
Courtesy of Dick Shaw
1937: Public Enemy Al Brady is shot by an FBI agent in downtown Bangor
1939: 12-year-old Donn Fendler is found after becoming separated from his family on Mount Katahdin
John Clarke Russ and Eric Zelz
1939: 12-year-old Donn Fendler is found after becoming separated from his family on Mount Katahdin
1942: Dow Air Force Base opens
Courtesy of the Maine Air National Guard
1942: Dow Air Force Base opens
1945: Bangor residents celebrate the end of World War 2
BDN File Photo
1945: Bangor residents celebrate the end of World War 2
1950: Senator Margaret Chase Smith prepares her &quotDeclaration on Conscience" speech in Skowhegan
Courtesy of the Margaret Chase Smith Library
1950: Senator Margaret Chase Smith prepares her "Declaration on Conscience" speech in Skowhegan
1952: The Bangor State Fair  attracts thousands in another successful year
Daniel Maher
1952: The Bangor State Fair attracts thousands in another successful year
1953: Senator Joseph McCarthy speaks to a packed house at Bangor City Hall about communism
Spike Webb
1953: Senator Joseph McCarthy speaks to a packed house at Bangor City Hall about communism
1955: Eastern Maine General Hospital was a much smaller complex than today's Eastern Maine Medical Center
BDN File Photo
1955: Eastern Maine General Hospital was a much smaller complex than today's Eastern Maine Medical Center
1955: The new Bangor Auditorium is constructed
Daniel Maher
1955: The new Bangor Auditorium is constructed
1959: The Paul Bunyan statue is given to Bangor as a 125th anniversary gift
BDN File Photo
1959: The Paul Bunyan statue is given to Bangor as a 125th anniversary gift
1960: President John F. Kennedy reaches to shake hands with enthusiastic greeters following a a campaign speech at the Bangor fairgrounds
BDN File Photo
1960: President John F. Kennedy reaches to shake hands with enthusiastic greeters following a a campaign speech at the Bangor fairgrounds
1963: The USS Thresher, a nuclear-powered attack submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, is lost during deep-diving tests
Courtesy of Valerie Buchanan
1963: The USS Thresher, a nuclear-powered attack submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, is lost during deep-diving tests
1964: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks before a crowd at the St. Francis College gymnasium in Biddeford, Maine
Courtesy of the University of New England
1964: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks before a crowd at the St. Francis College gymnasium in Biddeford, Maine
1972: William S. Cohen campaigns for congress
BDN File Photo
1972: William S. Cohen campaigns for congress
1974: James Longley elected governor, first independent governor in U.S.
BDN File Photo
1974: James Longley elected governor, first independent governor in U.S.
1976: Kenduskeag Stream floods, covers large area of downtown
John Storey
1976: Kenduskeag Stream floods, covers large area of downtown
1979: Edmund Muskie of Waterville is appointed Secretary of State under President Carter
Mickey Blanchette
1979: Edmund Muskie of Waterville is appointed Secretary of State under President Carter
1980: Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act is passed
BDN File Photo
1980: Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act is passed
1983: Eight-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, writes to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov about world peace
BDN File Photo
1983: Eight-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, writes to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov about world peace
1986: Veterans Remembrance Bridge dedicated, third link between Bangor and Brewer
John Clarke Russ
1986: Veterans Remembrance Bridge dedicated, third link between Bangor and Brewer
1991: Soldiers return to the Bangor International Airport at the end of the Gulf War
BDN File Photo
1991: Soldiers return to the Bangor International Airport at the end of the Gulf War
1998: Trees in Lincolnville bow under the weight of ice during the Ice Storm of '98
Courtesy of Johnson Treekeepers
1998: Trees in Lincolnville bow under the weight of ice during the Ice Storm of '98
1998: Al Gore observes the impact of the '98 ice storm
Bob DeLong
1998: Al Gore observes the impact of the '98 ice storm
2001: The National Guard at the Bangor International Airport after the attack on September 11
Linda Coan O'Kresik
2001: The National Guard at the Bangor International Airport after the attack on September 11
2004: Soliders  from Maine's 133rd  Engineer Battalion's Bravo and Charlie companies prepare for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq
Kevin Bennett
2004: Soliders from Maine's 133rd Engineer Battalion's Bravo and Charlie companies prepare for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq
2005: The American Folk Festival begins as a continuation of the National Folk Festival
Denise Farwell
2005: The American Folk Festival begins as a continuation of the National Folk Festival
2008: President Barack Obama speaks before a full house during his campaign rally at the Bangor Auditorium
2008: President Barack Obama speaks before a full house during his campaign rally at the Bangor Auditorium
2008: A fire rips through the Washburn & Doughty commercial boatyard in East Boothbay
Courtesy of Kevin Burnham/Boothbay Register
2008: A fire rips through the Washburn & Doughty commercial boatyard in East Boothbay
2009: The first Kahbang Music & Art Festival is held at the Bangor waterfront
John Clarke Russ
2009: The first Kahbang Music & Art Festival is held at the Bangor waterfront
2010: Snowboarder Seth Wescott returns home to Maine after winning his second gold medal in snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games
2010: Snowboarder Seth Wescott returns home to Maine after winning his second gold medal in snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games
2012: Michael Snell and Steven Bridges become the first same-sex couple in Maine to marry
2012: Michael Snell and Steven Bridges become the first same-sex couple in Maine to marry
2012: Zumba instructor admits to running a prostitution ring out of her studio
Matt Wickenheiser
2012: Zumba instructor admits to running a prostitution ring out of her studio
2013: Portland passes a city ordinance legalizing the possession of marijuana
2013: Portland passes a city ordinance legalizing the possession of marijuana
2013: Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, is arrested for burglary after living in the woods for 27 years
Alex Barber
2013: Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, is arrested for burglary after living in the woods for 27 years
Posted June 17, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.

You read us in your kitchen, in the waiting room, in your office, perhaps even in the bathroom (and we’re OK with that). Over the years, the newspaper has changed sizes, and we now have multiple platforms — website, mobile, apps — for you to use, but we’re the same community newspaper that’s been connecting with you and telling your stories for more than a century. Wherever you take us, we want to thank you for opening our pages for more than a century. Here are sampling of photos that highlight what we’ve covered in your communities over the last 125 years.

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