Once known as the lumber capital of the world, Bangor's mills shipped more than 246 million feet of lumber a year in the late 1800s.Dozens of sawmills lined the Penobscot River, and Kenduskeag Stream sent processed lumber to nearby Winterport, Searsport, and Belfast to build ships. The historic mansions located near the downtown are evidence of this affluent period in the city's history.
Sports are very popular in Bangor. Many residents attend games at the University of Maine. Many of the city's youth also participate in softball, baseball, basketball and soccer leagues. The town hosts many events, such as a Winter Carnival, cross-country ski races, garden shows, dog shows, Halloween haunted houses and Christmas craft fairs.
Bangor's most famous resident is popular writer Stephen King. Several movies based on his books have been filmed in and around Bangor, including "Pet Sematary," "The Langoliers," and "Creepshow II."
Aside from rooting for athletic teams of the University of Maine, the university provides area residents with many good facilities. Its Fogler Library is the state's largest library. The university also houses the Jordan Planetarium, the Maine Center for the Arts, and the Hudson Museum - which specializes in American Indian artifacts. The Maine Center for the Arts hosts national and international performances and shows, such as world-class theater - including the acclaimed musical CATS - ballets, concerts and operas, all of which helping to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the community.