Who doesn’t love Maine? It’s one of the most beautiful, quiet and relaxing corners of the U.S. but there’s a whole lot else hiding just beneath the surface. Here’s 16 facts about Maine…
- No one is quite sure how Maine got its name.
- The best guess is it comes from sailors referring to the mainland.
- The coastline is only 250 miles as the crow flies.
- But 5,500 miles when you include all the contours and islands.
Flag of Maine
- It also contains a 40-acre desert just outside of the town of Freeport.
- Maine is responsible for 90% of all U.S. lobster catches.
- In 2014 alone the state caught 124,000,000 pounds of this delicious shellfish!
- The Maine Lobster Institute attracts lobstermen from all over the world seeking to learn sustainable fishing.
- Steven King is a native and sets most of his books there.
- He wrote his first book Carrie, when he was working as a teacher in Bangor, Maine.
- The honeybee is the official state insect.
- This is pretty apt given that the founders of Burt’s Bees are from Maine.
- It has the third largest moose population (76,000) of any U.S. state.
- Maine gained independence from Massachusetts in 1820 after decades of lobbying.
- It’s the home of the American Telephone Museum.
- As well as being the home of a 15-year-old called Chester Greenwood — the inventor of earmuffs!
Do you know any interesting, fun or strange facts about Maine that we’ve missed? Share them here in the comments section below!