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John Martin: Expert Observer

Bangor Skating Rink, 1868

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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Bangor Skating Rink, 1868
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Description

The Bangor Skating Rink opened on December 25, 1868 and Bangor accountant, shopkeeper, and recorder of historical and contemporary events John Martin (1823-1904) drew an illustration of it, replete with skaters, some of whom he named.

A newspaper clipping he included on page 95 of his "Scrap Book no 3," one of five volumes he wrote and illustrated, noted that the skating surface was 100-by-200 feet. Admission was 10 cents or $2 for a season ticket.

Martin's illustration includes the surrounding area: two steamer wharfs and Broad Street behind them.

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