Maine - Fast Facts & Trivia

Fort Point Light Station, Fort Point State Park, Maine.

  • The skate scene in the movie "The Preacher's Wife" was filmed in Deering Oaks Park, Portland.

  • The Chickadee is the official state bird.

  • Maine lies further northeast than any other state.

  • The nickname of Maine as the pine-tree state comes from the pines that once graced the forests of the state.

  • With a total area of ​​33,215 square kilometers, the state covers almost as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

  • The state flower is the white pine cone and tassel.

  • The coast boasts so many deep harbors that all the navies of the world could be anchored in them.

  • Maine lobsters have gained international fame for their taste and contribution to the culinary world.

  • The Penobscot Marine Museum at Searsport is home to numerous historic buildings and maritime memorabilia.

  • Built in 1844, Fort Knox is a state-owned historic site originally built to protect the Penobscot River Valley from the British Navy's attack. The fort was built of granite from nearby Mount Waldo.

  • Numerous lighthouses line the main coast, including Fort Point Lighthouse at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs and Grindle Point Lighthouse on Islesboro.

  • The Sailors Memorial Museum in Islesboro displays life-style portraits.

  • The Bryant Stove Works and Museum is located in Thorndike Village and has an eclectic collection of antique cast-iron stoves, stoves, roadsters and touring cars. In addition, the museum has antique pylons, pipe organs and music boxes, Calliope, Nickelodeons and Hurdy Gurdys.

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was considered the most influential poet of his time. The writer was born on February 2, 1807 in Portland. His most famous works include "The Advertising of Miles Standish", "Evangeline" and "Hiawatha".

  • The nation's first sawmill was founded in 1623 near York.

  • York became the nation's first city in 1642.

  • The first ship built by English colonists in America was launched in 1607 on the Kennebec River.

  • The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was held in 1775 in Machias.

  • Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on 15 March 1820.

  • Maine Blueberry Harvest is the largest in the nation.

  • The honeybee is the official state insect.

  • Maine covers 542,629 hectares of land and national parks.

  • Edmund S. Muskie became the first Democratic United States Senator ever to be elected to Maine. He was also elected governor for two terms. He was born in Rumford.

  • Eastport is the only principality in the United States ruled by a foreign government. It was held by British troops under King George from 1814 to 1818 after the end of the war of 1812.

  • Maines government units consist of 16 counties with 22 cities, 435 cities, 33 plantations, 424 unorganized townships and 3 Indian reservations.

  • Eastport is the easternmost city in the United States. The city is considered the first place in the United States to receive the rays of the morning sun.

  • In Wilton, there is a cannery that imports only dandelion greens and cans.

  • Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has a syllable.

  • Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one other state.

  • Bath is known as the city of ships.

  • Joshua L. Chamberlain, born in Brewer, received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds from war.

  • The White Mountain National Forest stretches over almost 100%, the forest covers a landscape that ranges from deciduous forests to the largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains

  • Aroostook County, with 6,453 square miles, covers an area larger than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

  • About 40 million pounds (nearly 90 percent) of the country's lobster supply is being captured off the coast of Maine.

  • Maine produces 99% of all blueberries in the country, making it the largest blueberry producer in the US.

  • The first inhabitants of Maine were descendants of ice-age hunters.

  • Portland was initially temporarily selected as the state capital. In 1832, the capital was relocated to the centrally located town of Augusta.

  • In 1641, America became the first chartered city in York.

  • Acadia National Park is the second most visited national park in the United States.

  • West Quoddy Head is the easternmost point in the United States.

  • Augusta is the easternmost capital of the United States.

  • Mount Katahdin is the highest point of the state at 5,268 feet above sea level.

  • Togus was the first veterans hospital in the United States. The plant was founded in 1866.

  • An unsuccessful attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World was at today's Popham Beach. Sir George Popham led the expedition in 1607.

  • 90% of the country's toothbrush supply is produced in Maine.

  • Portland is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

  • Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood up in the Senate and made the famous statement of conscious language that spoke out against the McCarthy era. Senator Smith was the first female presidential candidate.

  • Author Steven King lives in Bangor.

  • Former President George Bush has a summer home in Kennebunkport.

  • Freeport is the home of the L. L. Bean Company.

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