Today, Flavorwire posted the “50 Places Every Literary Fan Should Visit”. I gotta say, they missed a big one. Bangor, Maine!
Yep, we may not be New York City, London, etc. but we have what no other city does — The inspiration for many Stephen King stories.
You would think that one of the best selling authors of all time would have a place on this list. Although his house in Bangor is one of the most sought after landmarks, there are several other great sites:
– The Barrens, Bassy Park, Bangor Theological Seminary from “It”.
– Mount Hope Cemetery from “Pet Sematary”.
– The Paul Bunyan Statue from “It” & “Insomnia”.
– The Laundromat where Stephen King worked before becoming famous.
– The “Field of Screams” — one of Mr. Kings many philanthropic endeavors.
– The Thomas Hill Standpipe, a prominent landmark in “It” and “Dreamcatcher”.
– The Bangor International Airport, where most of “The Langoliers” was filmed.
– Kossuth St. from “11-22-63”
There are many more.
When I worked for the Greater Bangor CVB, I helped develop (and guided for) the “Tommyknockers & More Bus Tour” here in Bangor. It was fun to have bus loads of King fans all together enjoying the sites. I believe the GBCVB still runs the tour a few times a year. You can probably Google it and find out.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview…