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FACTS ABOUT MAINE


NicknameThe Pine Tree State
State BirdChickadee
State AnimalMoose
State CatMaine Coon Cat
State FishLandlocked Salmon
State FlowerWhite Pine Cone and Tassel
State GemstoneTourmaline
State FossilPetreca quadrifaria
State InsectHoneybee
State Tree White Pine
State MottoDirigo (I lead)
State CapitalAugusta, Kennebec County

Maine

  • ...became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.
  • ...is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles or about as big as all of the other five New England states combined.
  • ...claims America's first chartered town: York, 1641.
  • ...consists of 16 counties with 22 cities, 424 towns, 51 plantations and 416 unorganized townships.
  • ...boasts of 6,000 lakes and ponds, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 17 million acres of forestland, 3478 beautiful miles of coastline, and 2,000 islands.
  • ...is recognized as one of the most healthful states in the nation with summer temperatures averaging 70 F and winter temperatures averaging 20 F.
  • ...has one county (Aroostook) so big (6,543 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • ...has one mountain which is approximately one mile high-Mt. Katahdin (5,268 ft. above sea level).
  • ...is America's largest blueberry growing state raising 98% of the low-bush blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank consistantly in the top five in both acreage and in production nationally.
  • ...has in excess of 60 lighthouses including Portland Head Light commissioned by George Washington.
A List Of Educational Information - There are a lot of things to know about the State of Maine, and Aroostook County. Below are some links to information about the largest agricultural crop in Maine, the Maine Potato. Also links about Aroostook County, the largest county east of the Mississippi covering an area larger than Rhode Island and Connecticut together.

Aroostook County, Its Only Natural - WE HAVE IT ALL!!!! PEACE AND QUIET! of our lakes, streams and of the close-knit communities, nestled within the picturesque St. John Valley. The Valley offers families a peaceful and tranquil lifestyle. EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE! Of our unique Acadian culture. There are beautiful museums and historical sites located throughout the valley. For the outdoor enthusiast, canoe down our expeditious St. John River. CHALLENGE AND RESULTS: Hunt for game - big and small. Tucked off by ourselves, we have managed to retain hunting and fishing territories of the highest quality.

Facts About The State - Facts, Figures and more concerning the State of Maine.

Historical Sites Throughout The County - A compilation of places, dates, times and other items of interest to see in The County when you come to visit.

Jo-Mary Lake Campground - Welcome to a unique area of North America - the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Management Forest. The private landowners cooperating in this program request that you read the following information. These guidelines are for your safety and will also provide for continued high quality forest resource management and recreational use planning. All rules and regulations are in effect from early May to November.

Katahdin Iron Works - A Maine Historical Site - Today, the skeletons of a blast furnace and charcoal kiln stand silent, lone remnants of the Katahdin Iron Works. In the past, these structures pulsed with activity as part of Maine's only nineteenth century iron works operation. Here the fires of the blast furnace flames non-stop for as long as a year at a time, glowing against the night sky. Smoke poured from this charcoal kiln and many other s like it. Mule, oxen or horse-drawn wagons rattled by constantly carrying ore, pig iron or wood.

The Maine Potato - An Agricultural Treat - In the two cultures where there is so much interesting potato history, the methods of planting potatoes are remarkably similar. In both Ireland, and the Andes, planting is done with what in Ireland is called the "lazy-bed" method. A four foot wide strip of earth is fertilized (manured) and a trench is dug into the sod on either side. After the seed is put on the manured strip, pieces of the sod are laid on top of the seed. With some variations, this method had prevailed in Ireland for hundreds of years, and in the Andes, for thousands of years.

Vacation Package Ideas for Northern Maine - A compilation of rates, special package deals and more for the snowmobiling enthusiast in Northern Maine

 

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