Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:02

"Ghosts of Bangor" brings past to life Featured

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BANGOR - Since the late 1700s, The City Bangor has gone through many changes. A local man is bringing history alive with his photos.

"Every one of these pictures tells hundreds of stories," said Rick Haney, founder of "Ghosts of Bangor." "All of the people in these pictures, every one of them has a story and it all happened here."

 

Bijou Theater, Freese's Retail Store, The Great Fire of 1911 and The Brady Gang. For many, these are stories told to children by their parents and grandparents; stories that inspired Haney to bring the past to life.

 

"The Bangor that I grew up in was totally different than the one he was describing, and so, growing up, I was always thought, 'man, I would love to see that building again.'"

 

He started "Ghost of Bangors," a video telling viewers about all of the historic buildings that are no longer around.

 

"When I realized the potential of educating people through video," said Haney. "I realized I was onto something here."

 

His videos show modern buildings in Bangor and then shows where former buildings used to be. He didn't expect the big response his video has received.

 

"The thing that took me by most surprise was the shared emotion," he said. "That goes into the nostalgic vision what Bangor is."

 

Bangor has seen lots of businesses that have come and gone, but many people miss the "good old days."

 

"A lot of good happened with the city went through all of its changes," said Haney. "But a lot of good things were lost on the way, unfortunately."

 

The next time you walk downtown, take in everything around you, because years down the road, someone else will be reminiscing about what Bangor used to be like.

 

"I found a way to connect with people and tap into the emotions that we all share," said Haney. 

 

Haney is currently working on his second video. To see some of his work, click HERE. 

 

Jack Hilton

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