Located in North America, The United States of America is made up of 50 states, all with their own unique history, landmarks and cultures.
Whilst some states in the country are well known, such as Texas for its size or California for its sunny beaches, many of the other states have fascinating pasts and are vibrant and interesting places. This article focuses all on the northeasternmost state in the country, Maine, and is packed full of fun Maine facts and history.
Must-Know Maine State Facts
These interesting facts about Maine will help you discover more about the American state and give you a great all-round knowledge of Maine trivia which we have no doubt will come in handy for any family quiz night!
1. Maine is the 12th smallest US state by area, with a total land area of 35,385 square miles.
2. If you are wondering about the US states that border Maine, there is only one; New Hampshire. The other Maine bordering states aren't actually states but the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.
3. Maine also has a 3,478 mile coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Maine's state nickname is the Pine Tree State. The true origins of Maine's nickname are unknown, but it is believed it is down to the pine tree being the official tree of the state.
5. Maine was established as the 23rd state on 15 March 1820 as part of the Missouri compromise.
6. There is no definite proof on the origins of the name Maine in the USA but it is thought to have been named after Maine in France.
7. Maine is located in New England, which is one of 6 regions in the United States.
8. The capital city of Maine state is Augusta which has a population of approximately 18,681.
History Facts About Maine
Maine state history spans several centuries and is full of people and events that are sure to make you say 'wow!' Read this section to discover some fascinating historical facts about Maine.
9. The Vikings are believed to have first discovered Maine around 1000 years ago.
10. York, Maine became the first chartered city in America in 1641.
11. Due to a long stretch of drought that began in 1947, more than 200,000 acres were destroyed by fires and it became known as 'the year Maine burned'.
12. In 2011, more than 100 million pounds of lobster was caught off the coast of Maine.
13. Burt's Bees, the popular skincare brand, was founded in Maine by photojournalist Burt Schavitz in 1984.
14. Founded in 1987, the University of Maine has a lobster institute which is dedicated to learning more about the crustacean.
15. Until 2003, Strong in Maine was known as the 'toothpick capital of the world' and it once produced 95% of the country's toothpicks.
16. Maine used to be part of Massachusetts and campaigned for independence for many years following the American Revolution.
Physical Features Of Maine
Maine is known for it's jagged and rocky coastline but it has plenty of other jaw-dropping areas of scenery and captivating landscapes which this section will tell you all about.
17. Maine has 3,166 coastal islands and many are accessible all year round.
18. Acadia National Park has over two million visitors a year making it one of the most visited US national parks.
19. Maine is approximately 320 miles long and 210 miles wide.
20. Maine's highest mountain is Mount Katahdin at 5,269 feet and it was first climbed in 1804.
21. Maine has over half a million acres of state and national parks.
22. 90% of Maine is forested which makes it one of the world's best producers of paper.
23. There are many rivers in Maine; the state has 73 rivers that are 20 miles long or more.
24. Due to the landscape, Maine attract many visitors for skiing, hiking and kayaking.
Weird Facts About Maine
Now we have found out plenty about Maine's history, Maine's geography and Maine's landforms, we thought it was time to uncover some cool facts about Maine that are sure to surprise you.
25. Maine is most well known for its lobster and harvests most of the country's lobster supply at nearly 40 million pounds.
26. Of all 50 US states, Maine is the only one with a one-syllable name.
27. Maine's state bird is the chickadee which is a small, cute member of the tit family.
28. More than 90 percent of the US's blueberries are grown in Maine.
29. When Acadia National Park first opened in 1916 it was called Sieur de Monts National Monument.
30. In the spring, Maine is the U.S.A's second coldest state with only Alaska being colder and the lowest ever recorded temperate in the state was a chilling -50°F!
31. Maine is the first state in America to see the sunrise each day but depending on the time of year, it occurs in different places. For a few weeks around the equinoxes, the best place to see the sun come up is West Quoddy Head in Lubec. For the rest of the spring and summer, the sun rises first on Mars Hill.
32. Maine's official state animal is the moose and it has the largest population of them in the country.
Fun Facts About Portland Maine
You might now feel like you know all about Maine but what about it's most heavily populated city, Portland? This section digs deeper into Maine facts and looks specifically at this bustling city with these Portland Maine fun facts.
33. Horror author Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. As a world-known writer, Stephen King is responsible for many great yet terrifying reads including IT, The Shining and Carrie, all of which have been turned into movies.
34. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet born in Portland. The most popular poet of the 19th century, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote The Song of Hiawatha and Paul Revere's Ride.
35. Portland was Maine's first state capital until it was changed to Augusta in 1832.
36. Native Americans originally called the Portland peninsula 'Machigonne' which translates to 'Great Neck'.
37. Portland in Oregan is named after Portland in Maine. It was founded by two New Englanders, Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove and they flipped a coin to decide who got to name the city. The winner, Pettygrove, named it after his hometown.
38. Portland is home to Powell’s City of Books, which is the largest independently owned bookstore on the planet.
39. The Portland Museum of Art contains more than 18,000 objects dating from the 18th century to the present day.
40. The Portland International Rose Test Garden was established in 1917 and was created as a place to keep hybrid European roses that they feared would be wiped out during World War I.
Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly facts for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 40 Fun Facts About Maine: How Much Do You Know About The Pine Tree State? then why not take a look at fun facts about Michigan, or fun facts about Nevada?
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