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Historic Bangor, PA - Bangor, PA

Appealing Downtown Area
Bangor dressed in Victorian holiday decor. Broadway looking towards Main Street. – Sharon J. Davis, Slate Belt Community Partnership

Bangor is the traditional center of commerce and conversation in the Slate Belt region of Northampton County, PA. Named for its sister city in Bangor, Wales, Bangor and the slate quarries within and surrounding it, were and still are known for the finest slate utilized for roofing tiles, school blackboards and artisan craft uses. In 2014 Bangor achieved listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The national historic district encompasses a substantial portion of the borough, with building styles reflecting the numerous ethnic groups that settled Bangor. From the earliest German farmers, to Cornish, Welsh and Italian immigrants, Bangor has a rich history of cultural diversity which continues today.

Historic downtown Bangor contains a variety of architectural styles dating from the 1870's, and reflecting the original uses for which they were built. Downtown Bangor is pedestrian friendly with marked crosswalks and evening illumination provided by Victorian style street lamps. Visitors will find parking available on the street and in several borough-owned lots throughout the downtown district. Bangor is building its revitalization around its rich physical and cultural heritage. Come and explore the diversity of architectural styles and visit our burgeoning downtown eateries which offer a variety of menus and prices, ranging from cafes, pubs, ethnic offerings, ice cream and candy shops to take out sandwiches. On any given day, you may also find karaoke, open mic and local bands performing at the eateries.

In partnership with Totts Gap Arts Institute, is the in-progress (late 2015) "DiscoverTheSlateBelt" project, which connects people to the history of significant Slate Belt sites through smart phone QR code technology. Many buildings and sites in Bangor are included in this self-guided tour of the Slate Belt. Visitors to Bangor will see QR code plaques on buildings and sites throughout the Borough.

Accessibility Notes

Bangor has ADA accessible crosswalks and curbing.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Bangor Borough is accessible from points north (Pocono Mountains), south (Lehigh Valley) and east (New Jersey/New York Metro Area).

From Lehigh Valley'; Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton: Routes 78 or 22 to Route 33 North. Exit at Stockertown, Route 191. Follow Route 191 north for 9 miles into Bangor. Upon entry into Bangor, Route 191 becomes 1st Street. Or: Route 512 through Wind Gap, Pen Argyl and into Bangor. Upon Entry into Bangor, Route 512 becomes Market Street.

From: Poconos: Route 80 to Route 33 South to Wind Gap. Follow Route 512 east through Pen Argyl into Bangor. Upon entry into Bangor, Route 512 becomes Market Street. Or: Route 80east to Stroudsburg, Park Avenue/Route 191 exit. Follow Rt. 191 South for 9 miles into Bangor. Upon entry into Bangor, Route 191 becomes 1st Street.

From NJ: Route 80west t exit 4A-B-C toward Columbia, NJ/Route 94. Follow Route 94 for 1/2 mile to US/NJ Route 46. Take Route 46 for 1/10 mi. toward US Route 611 Toll Bridge Ramp. Cross the toll bridge/Delaware River in Portland, PA, Route 611. Follow Route 611 South for approximately 1 mile. Take Route 512 west for approximately 9 miles into downtown Bangor.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leashes are welcome on public streets. Please obey Borough laws in cleaning up after your pet.

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