Maine Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
Maine Famous Firsts, Maine Interesting Facts, Maine Trivia
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More wooden toothpicks are produced in Maine that in any other state.
More Maine Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
- Eastport is the most eastern 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's a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion
- Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one
- Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one
- 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 incurred in the War.
- The White Mountain National Forest covers nearly 800,000 acres,
the forest covers a landscape ranging from hardwood forests to the
largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains
- Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater
than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
- Approximately 40 millions pounds (nearly 90 percent) of the
nation's lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
- Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country making
it the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
- Maineís earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age
- Portland was first temporarily selected as the state capital. In
1832 the capital was moved to the centrally located site of Augusta.
- In 1641 America's first chartered city was York.
- Acadia National Park is the second most visited national park in
the United States.
- West Quoddy Head is the most easterly point in the United
- Augusta is the most eastern capital city in the United States.
- Mount Katahdin is the state's highest point at 5,268 feet above
- Togus was the first Veteran's Hospital in the United States. The
facility was founded in 1866.
- An unsuccessful attempt at establishing a permanent English
settlement in the New World was at the location now known as Popham
Beach. Sir George Popham led the expedition in 1607.
- 90% of the country's toothpick supply is produced in Maine.
- Portland is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood up in the senate and gave the
famous Declaration of Conscious speech, speaking out against the
McCarthy era. Senator Smith was the first female presidential
- Author Steven King is a resident of Bangor.
- Former President George Bush has a summer home in Kennebunkport.
- Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company.
- The skating scene in the movie "The Preacher's Wife" was filmed
in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.
- The chickadee is the official state bird.
- Maine lies farther northeast than any other state.
- Maine's nickname as the Pine Tree State comes from the pines
that once dotted the state's forests.
- With a total area of 33,215 square miles the state covers nearly
as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
- The state flower is the white pine cone and tassel.
- The coastline boasts so many deep harbors it is thought all the
navies in the world could anchor in them.
- Maine lobsters have won international fame for their flavor and
contribution to the culinary world.
- The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport houses numerous
historic buildings and marine memorabilia.
- Fort Knox erected in 1844 is a state historic site originally
built to protect the Penobscot River Valley from British naval
attack. The fort was constructed from granite from nearby Mount
- Numerous lighthouses dot the Main coast including Fort Point
Lighthouse at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs and Grindle
Point Lighthouse on Isleboro.
- The Sailor's Memorial Museum in Isleboro features displays
depicting life at sea.
- Located in Thorndike Village, the Bryant Stove Works and Museum
displays an eclectic collection of antique cast iron stoves, parlor
heaters, roadsters and touring cars. In addition, the museum
features antique layer pianos, pipe organs and music boxes,
calliopes, nickelodeons, and hurdy-gurdys.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was considered the most influential
poet of his day. The writer was born in Portland, on February 2,
1807. His most popular works include "The Courtship of Miles
Standish", "Evangeline" and "Hiawatha".
- The nation's first sawmill was established near York in 1623.
- York became the nation's first incorporated city in 1642.
- The first ship build by English colonists in Americas was
launched on the Kennebec River in 1607.
- The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off
Machias in 1775.
- Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on March 15,
- Maine's blueberry crop is the largest in the nation.
- The honeybee is the official state insect.
- Maine contains 542,629 acres of state and national parks.
- Edmund S. Muskie became the first Democratic United States
senator ever elected by popular vote in Maine. He was also elected
governor for two terms. He was born in Rumford.
- Eastport is the only United States owned principality that has
been under rule by a foreign government. It was held from 1814 to
1818 by British troops under King George following the conclusion of
the War of 1812.
- Maine's government entities are comprised of 16 counties with 22 cities, 435 towns, 33 plantations, 424 unorganized townships and 3 Indian reservation.
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