The Bangor Post Office, circa 1910
The Bangor Post Office, 1911
The Bangor, Maine, post office fell victim to the Great Fire of 1911. On the afternoon of April 30, embers from a burning hayshed ignited nearby buildings; the fire spread into the residential neighborhood and from there took out much of downtown Bangor, including the post office, the customs house, and the Bangor Public Library with its 70,000 volumes and much of the Bangor Historical Society’s collection. In all, 285 residences, 100 businesses, and six churches were destroyed. Remarkably, only two lives were lost.
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The photograph of the post office after the fire is from the collection of the Library of Congress.