Bangor, Maine, the seat of Penobscot County. It lies at the head of navigation on the Penobscot River, about 60 miles (95 km) northeast of Augusta, the capital. Bangor is the chief commercial center for the northern half of the state and has some light manufacturing industries. An Interstate highway, railways, and Bangor International Airport serve the city.
The city has a memorial to the landing of Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who first visited this site in 1604. Bangor is the home of Husson College and a theological seminary; a campus of the University of Maine is at nearby Orono.
Bangor was originally called Kenduskeag; it received its present name when it was incorporated in 1791.