This place is 191 years old today.
Fun Facts about Maine
1) Eastport is the easternmost city in the United States, making it the first place in America to receive the rays of the morning sun.
2) Maine is the only state in the United States with a monosyllabic name.
3) Maine is the only state that shares its border with just one other state.
4) With a total area of 33,215 square miles, Maine covers nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
5) Maine is the most sparsely populated U.S. state east of the Mississippi River.
6) Maine produces 25% of all lowbush blueberries in North America, making it the largest producer in the world. The blueberry crop requires about 50,000 beehives for pollination so, perhaps not surprisingly, the honeybee is officially the Maine state insect.
7) Approximately 40 millions pounds (nearly 90 percent) of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
8) Maine is one of the top ten potato producing states in the country. For years, students in Northern Maine would be given time off from school to help with the potato harvest. But with the rise of mechanical harvesters, this year for the first time ever schools are considering ending the “potato harvest break”.
9) Nearly 90% of Maine is forested.
10) Maine is known as “The Pine Tree State”; the state flower is the white pine cone and tassel.
11) Maine is the leading producer of toothpicks for the United States. The Strong Wood Products Incorporated plant in Strong, Maine, produces 20 million toothpicks a day.
12) Maine has almost 230 miles of coastline (and 3,500 miles of tidal coastline).
13) Census figures show Maine has a greater proportion of people speaking French at home than any other state in the nation, a result of Maine’s large French-Canadian community.
14) Eastport is also known for being 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.
15) The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons.
16) York became the nation’s first incorporated city in 1642.
17) The Voyager spacecraft, which carries photographs of Earth’s most prominent man made structures and natural features should it fall into the hands of intelligent extraterrestrials, includes a photo of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (also known as Nubble Light) along with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.
18) The state mammal is the moose.
19) The state cat is the Maine Coon.
20) The state beverage is Moxie.
It is by some law of Maine geography that the houses will get exponentially cuter the closer you get to the coast. Proximity to the ocean also correlates with the increased use of lobster traps as lawn ornaments.
(Facebook status, 3/12/11)