Maine Fun Facts
- Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline, more than California.
- The Vikings probably discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.
- Maine has more moose per mile than any other state.
- Acadia National Park is the second most visited park in the United States, second only to Yellowstone.
- Maine has over 2,000 Islands.
- The highest Mountain is Mount Katahdin, 5,268-foot elevation.
- Maine’s nickname is the “Vacation State”.
- Quoddy Head Light is the eastern most point in the United States.
- Maine is as big as the other five New England States combined.
- Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
- In 1641 America’s first chartered city was York.
- Maine has 63 lighthouses.
- Maine Population: 1.3 million (2010)
- More blueberries are grown in Maine than any other state.
- Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.
- Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one other state.
- Augusta is the most eastern capital city in the United States.
- 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, 14 years before the Mayflower sailed.
- Until 2003, 90% of the country’s toothpick supply was produced in Maine.
- 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”.
- 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 later the first female presidential candidate.
- Author Steven King is a resident of Bangor.
- The coastline boasts so many deep harbors it is thought all the navies in the world could anchor in them.
- The nation’s first sawmill was established near York in 1623.
- 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.
- 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.