Images of Bangor’s Great Fire of 1911

Posted April 29, 2011, at 3:08 p.m.
The 1911 Fire burns in 3 places as seen from the Kenduskeag. It started near the burning structure on the left and quicky jumped the stream, propelled by gusty winds.
The 1911 Fire burns in 3 places as seen from the Kenduskeag. It started near the burning structure on the left and quicky jumped the stream, propelled by gusty winds.
An unidentified man stands in front of the building housing Bangor Savings Bank, the Bangor Historical Society and the Bangor Public Library near the Kenduskeag Stream on State Street.
An unidentified man stands in front of the building housing Bangor Savings Bank, the Bangor Historical Society and the Bangor Public Library near the Kenduskeag Stream on State Street.
After the fire, the job of cleanup and reconstruction was immense. This man walks along State Street, the ruins of Bangor Savings Bank and the Morse Oliver building behind him.
After the fire, the job of cleanup and reconstruction was immense. This man walks along State Street, the ruins of Bangor Savings Bank and the Morse Oliver building behind him.
Pedestrians walk over the State Street bridge in what remains of downtown Bangor. The debris of Bangor Savings Bank is on the right, with the burned out Customs House on the left.
Pedestrians walk over the State Street bridge in what remains of downtown Bangor. The debris of Bangor Savings Bank is on the right, with the burned out Customs House on the left.
Clean up along Exchange Street. The remains of the Morse Oliver building stands at the right, while the fire's stopping point, the Nichiols Block, is on the left. The tower of Union Station is seen at the end of the street.
Clean up along Exchange Street. The remains of the Morse Oliver building stands at the right, while the fire's stopping point, the Nichiols Block, is on the left. The tower of Union Station is seen at the end of the street.
Policemen stand at the intersection of Exchange and State streets, the unburned Nichols Block on the left.
Policemen stand at the intersection of Exchange and State streets, the unburned Nichols Block on the left.
Exchange Street's Nichols Block, where the fire stopped on the southern edge.
Exchange Street's Nichols Block, where the fire stopped on the southern edge.
The Morse Oliver Building, on the corner of State and Exchange streets. At the time of the 1911 Fire it was Bangor's tallest building at seven stories.
The Morse Oliver Building, on the corner of State and Exchange streets. At the time of the 1911 Fire it was Bangor's tallest building at seven stories.
Pedestrians, including a military cadet from the University of Maine, view the damage.
Pedestrians, including a military cadet from the University of Maine, view the damage.
The First Congregational Church and Parsonage, at the corner of Broadway and State streets, before the fire.
The First Congregational Church and Parsonage, at the corner of Broadway and State streets, before the fire.
The rebuilt All Souls Congregational Church at the corner of Broadway and State streets.
The rebuilt All Souls Congregational Church at the corner of Broadway and State streets.
The Universalist Church on Park Street hill, before the fire. Center Park is in the foreground.
The Universalist Church on Park Street hill, before the fire. Center Park is in the foreground.
The ruins of the Universalist Church on Park Street hill after the 1911 Fire. The church was later rebuilt from the surviving shell, but without its two steeples.
The ruins of the Universalist Church on Park Street hill after the 1911 Fire. The church was later rebuilt from the surviving shell, but without its two steeples.
The Graham Block on the corner of Central and Harlow streets, before the fire.
The Graham Block on the corner of Central and Harlow streets, before the fire.
The remains of the Graham Block, with the Universalist Church beyond.
The remains of the Graham Block, with the Universalist Church beyond.
The new Graham Building under construction on the corner of Harlow and Central streets.
The new Graham Building under construction on the corner of Harlow and Central streets.
Norumbega Hall, on an island in the middle of the Kenduskeag Stream, before the fire. By 1911 this grand building was being used as a furniture store and storage but in its prime it accomodated crowds of thousands for memorable gatherings. A park exists on the site today, part of a post-fire planned firebreak.
Norumbega Hall, on an island in the middle of the Kenduskeag Stream, before the fire. By 1911 this grand building was being used as a furniture store and storage but in its prime it accomodated crowds of thousands for memorable gatherings. A park exists on the site today, part of a post-fire planned firebreak.
Children pose on the Franklin Street bridge over the Kenduskeag Stream. Behind them are the ruins of the Graham Block (left) and the Customs House (right).
Children pose on the Franklin Street bridge over the Kenduskeag Stream. Behind them are the ruins of the Graham Block (left) and the Customs House (right).
Pedestrians along Franklin Street and the Franklin Street bridge.
Pedestrians along Franklin Street and the Franklin Street bridge.
Bangor's Customs House and Post Office, before the fire. Located on an island in the Kenduskeag Stream, and across the street from Bangor Savings Bank, its position was at the heart of the fire downtown.
Bangor's Customs House and Post Office, before the fire. Located on an island in the Kenduskeag Stream, and across the street from Bangor Savings Bank, its position was at the heart of the fire downtown.
The ruins of the fire, including views of State, Harlow and Park strrets. The Customs House is in the foregound (left) with the Universalist Church beyond. The surviving Tarratine Club can be seen on Park Street hill to the right of the church.
The ruins of the fire, including views of State, Harlow and Park strrets. The Customs House is in the foregound (left) with the Universalist Church beyond. The surviving Tarratine Club can be seen on Park Street hill to the right of the church.
Surveying the losses in the vicinity of Broadway and State streets.
Surveying the losses in the vicinity of Broadway and State streets.
Families survey the destruction along Broadway, one of many neighborhoods destroyed by the fire.
Families survey the destruction along Broadway, one of many neighborhoods destroyed by the fire.

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