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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
GovernorPaul LePage (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the UnionMarch 15, 1820
as the 23rd state
MottoDirigo (I direct)
NicknameThe Pine Tree State
FlowerWhite Pine cone and tassel
SongState of Maine Song
Professional Sports TeamsNo NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of NameOriginally used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands. Considered a compliment to Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I of England. She was said to have owned the province of Mayne in France
Historical SitesWadsworth-Longfellow House, Fort Edgecomb, Fort Halifax, Fort Kent, Fort Knox, Fort McClary, Fort O’Brien, Fort Point, Fort Popham, Eagle Island, Arnald Trail
Points of InterestBar Harbor, Allagash National Wilderness Waterway, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and the St. Croix Island National Monument
Bordering StatesMaine borders the state of New Hampshire, the country of Canada, and the Atlantic Ocean.
FlagMaine's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Maine from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • Maine
    The site provides a wealth of information about Maine. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Maine is an online guide to information about Maine’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Maine Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Maine.
  • GoTravelMaine
    Check here for all Maine vacation travel information – lodging, attractions, recreation, restaurants and more.
  • State-of-Maine.US – Your Maine Guide to the Pine Tree State
    This site is Maine’s online travel and resource guide for tourist attractions in the state.
  • Maine.Info – Resources for Maine Travel and Living
    Use this comprehensive site to find out about Maine’s upcoming events and festivals, to learn where to find everything from jobs to libraries, to choose activities from birding to sight-seeing, and to discover Maine’s adventures from dining to white-water rafting.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Maine
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Maine.
  • Maine has 62 lighthouses. One of the most famous is Portland Head Light, which was commissioned by President George Washington.
  • Almost 89% of Maine is forested.
  • Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine, approximately 40 million pounds. Other ocean products are sardines and Atlantic salmon.
  • Maine produces 98% of the nation’s low-bush blueberries. Other agricultural and farm products include apples, potatoes, dairy products, vegetables, poultry and eggs.
  • The state fish of Maine is the Landlocked salmon, state animal is the Moose, state fossil is Pertica quadrifaria, state insect is the Ho neybee, state tree is the White pine tree and the state mineral is Tourmaline.
  • There is evidence that Native Americans were living in Maine more than 2000 years ago.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Joshua L. Chamberlain (1828 – 1914), Civil War general, governor of Maine, president of Bowdoin College.
  • Dorothea Dix (1802 – 1887), humanitarian and social reformer.
  • Stephen King, writer whose novels often are made into motion pictures. Some works include The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, Pet Sematary, and Midnight Shift.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882), poet and scholar.
  • George Putnam, publisher.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – 1896), abolitionist and humanitarian, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.