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Bangor(băng`gôr, băn`–, băng`gər), city (1990 pop. 33,181), seat of Penobscot co., S Maine, at the confluence of the Penobscot and Kenduskeag rivers; inc. as a town 1791, as a city 1834. It is a port of entry, commercial center, and gateway to an extensive resort and lumber region. Major industries include the production of shoes, pulp and paper, and wood products. The city was settled in 1769 and was known as Sunbury. During the War of 1812 it was occupied by the British. In the 19th cent., Bangor was a shipbuilding center that carried on an extensive coastal and overseas trade in lumber, stone, and ice. The city has a theological seminary, a conservatory of music, and three colleges. Bangor International Airport, part of which was once Dow Air Force Base, has one of the longest runways in the United States.
Bangor(băng`gôr), town (1981 pop. 12,174), Gwynedd, NW Wales, at the northern end of Menai Strait. Slate is shipped from adjacent Port Penrhyn. The cathedral, on the site of a 6th-century church, dates from the 11th cent. and has been rebuilt several times. Bangor Univ. is there.
Bangor(băng`gər), town (1991 pop. 70,750), North Down dist., E Northern Ireland, on Belfast Lough. It is a seaport, resort, and yachting center (site of an annual regatta), with some light industry. The Elizabethan Bangor Castle is in the town along with the remains of an abbey founded c.555 by St. Comgall and destroyed by the Danes in the 9th cent. Rebuilt in 1120, it was taken over by Franciscans in 1469. The missionary abbey was dissolved in 1542.
1. a university town in NW Wales, in Gwynedd, on the Menai Strait. Pop.: 15 280 (2001)
2. a town in SE Northern Ireland, in North Down district, Co. Down, on Belfast Lough. Pop.: 58 388 (2001)