I didn’t start out planning to give you Maine trivia this morning. To tell you the truth I thought it was time for a good joke. But, I looked out the window and here I am in Maine. And as Robert Frost says in “The Road Not Taken,” when we come to a fork in the road, we take it. I hope you enjoy the trivia that I’ve collected over the past couple weeks. I’m certain knowing these tid-bits will make you appear smarter to everyone you decide to share it with.
Q: On what date did Maine become an independent state? A: March 15, 1820
Q: Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state as part of what famous compromise? A: The Missouri Compromise. Maine was admitted as a free state and Missouri was allowed to enter as a slave state, to maintain the free state/slave state balance.
Q: Prior to statehood, the District of Maine belonged to what other state? A: Massachusetts. And apparently the people of Massachusetts were rather upset at losing Maine land and have been buying the state back one house at a time ever since, as proven by my current neighbors.
Q: In what year did Mainers first vote on whether to separate from Massachusetts? A: May 1792. It seems statehood didn’t come easy for Mainers. It was twenty-seven years, before Mainers would vote for the final time, approving separation. Wow! And some thought the Brits were bad!
Q: How many miles of coastline does Maine have? A: It’s 225 miles as the crow flies, but roughly 3,500 miles if you decide to walk the entire length of Maine’s picturesque coast. That’s plenty of opportunity for a lobster dinner.
Q: Where was the first ship built and launched in the Western hemisphere? A: The Virginia was launched from Maine in 1607. And the first atomic submarine, the Swordfish, was also built in Maine. And just for fun, Maine produces more canoes than any other state in the Union.
Humorist Will Rogers remarked, “Did you ever see a place that looked like it was built to enjoy? Well this whole state of Maine looks that way.” I agree.
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