Plans Come Together to Mark Bangor’s Great Fire of 1911 

Catherine Pegram

This springs marks the 100th anniversary of a fire that changed the face of Bangor forever. And community leaders are working on ways to commemorate it. The Great Fire of 1911 started on April 30th and wiped out nearly half of downtown. Two people were killed. Members of the Bangor Museum and History Center, Hose 5 Fire Museum, Bangor Library and local historians and architects organizing a number of activities to look back at the fire. Bangor Museum Curator Dana Lippett says among the plans, a public exhibit downtown and slides show presentations. “There will be walk and talks and special lectures about the history of the fire, the history of rebuilding the city, with the major architects the city used and how quickly we actually rebuilt.”Organizers plan to have a schedule of events in the coming weeks. And next month, TV5 will also take a look back at the Great Fire of 1911. We’ll see how it made history and shaped the city’s future.