BANGOR – From the Roaring Twenties to the 2020s, much has changed in Bangor.
The Bangor Opera House — now home of the Penobscot theater — opened in February 1920. Bangor historian Richard Shaw said the downtown area had more theaters than today and they brought in famous performers.
Because of Prohibition, Bangor has more bars now than it did back then, he said.
Trains and airplanes were making their way to Bangor, according to Shaw. The trolley system was up and running as well.
“But I look around Bangor and I still see a lot of reminders of a hundred years ago. We had a big fire and urban renewal in the 60s but a lot’s been saved,” Shaw said.
Shaw called 1920s Bangor a diversified city with a little bit of everything.
He added that many of the buildings standing today were built in the 1920s.