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Facts About Maine was, so far, just about the most fun I've had writing a page for this website!

And for you, dear reader, I think it will rank highly among the most fun "facts" pages out there. Enjoy and watch out for the bear pee in that last video... :)

To get you in the mood to travel to Maine, listen to this great rendition of our state song by Roger Vinton Snow (cleverly named "The State of Maine Song"), sung here with great gusto by Dot and the Has-Beens from Millinocket, Maine:







State animal: Moose Click here for moose facts, videos & more
State Berry: Wild Blueberry
State Bird: Black-capped chickadee
State Cat: Maine Coon Cat
State Fish: Landlocked Salmon
State Flower: White Pine Cone
State Nickname: The Pine Tree State
State Tree: White Pine
State Fossil: Pertica Quadrifaria
State Gemstone: Tourmaline
State Herb: Wintergreen
State Insect: Honeybee
State Vessel: The Arctic exploration schooner "Bowdoin"
State Motto: Dirigo (I Lead)


Facts About Maine - Population and Geography


Population: Approximately 1.3 million in 2006
Counties: 16
Land Area: 33,215 square miles
Length of Coastline: 3,500 miles
Lakes and Ponds: 6,000
Forest: 17 million acres
Persons per Square Mile: 41.3
Largest City: Portland
State Capital: Augusta
Statehood: Became the 23rd State on March 15, 1820
Average Summer Temperature: 70F
Average Winter Temperature: 20F


Facts About Maine - Miscellaneous


Maine is the first state in the U.S. to see the dawning of each new day.
Maine is the only one-syllable state in America.
Maine is the only continental U.S. state to share a border with only one other state (New Hampshire).
Maine's Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R) served the Senate (to date) longer than any woman has (24 years); was the first woman ever elected to both the U.S. House and Senate: was the first woman to hold a Senate Leadership position; and won the 1960 race for Senate in the nation's first ever race pitting two women against each other for a Senate seat.
Maine was part of Massachusetts until statehood in 1820.
Maine has America's first chartered city (York - 1641).
Maine's Constitution was written in part by Thomas Jefferson.
Maine is the northern end of the famed Appalachian Trail.
Maine accounts for approximately 90% of the U.S. lobster harvest.
Maine has the largest wild blueberry crop in the nation, raising 99 percent of all wild blueberries in the United States and is the single largest producer of any blueberries (wild or cultivated) in America.
Maine is about as big as all of the other five New England states combined.
Maine is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi.
Maine has the largest fleet of windjammers in North America.
Maine has over 60 lighthouses.
Maine produces 90% of the country's toothpick supply.
Maine has the only natural fjord on the East Coast of the United States (Somes Sound).
Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England and the first on the East Coast.


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Facts about Maine - The Musical!


I like to imagine that the two fellas in this video are the two men on the Maine state flag come to life. The part of this video where our heroes are sitting by a harbor quizzing each other on facts about Maine is none other than beautiful Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, 10 minutes from York.










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