Maine State Facts and Symbols

Maine became the 23rd state in 1820 and is the 42nd largest state by population with about 1.3 million residents. It is also the 39th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 35,385 square miles.

Maine was originally part of Massachusetts. Frontier settlers wanted to separate from Massachusetts after the Revolution. In 1820, congress created the Missouri Compromise which established Maine as a free state and, to keep the balance between free and slave states, established Missouri as a slave state a year later.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Maine State Quarter.

Maine State Flag

Maine State Flag

Maine State Facts

Maine State Capital - Augusta

State Nickname - The Pine Tree State

State Motto - "Dirigo" (I Lead)

State Flower - White Pine Cone

State Tree - White Pine

State Bird - Chickadee

State Fish - Landlocked Salmon

State Animal - Moose

State Cat - Maine Coon Cat

State Insect - Honeybee

State Gemstone - Tourmaline

State Fossil - Pertica Quadrifaria

State Soil - Chesuncook Soil Series

State Herb - Wintergreen

State Berry - Wild Blueberry

State Vessel - The arctic schooner “Bowdoin”

Maine State Map:

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Maine State Map

Maine State Song:

State of Maine Song
Words and music by Roger Vinton Snow

Grand State of Maine,
proudly we sing
To tell your glories to the land,
To shout your praises till the echoes ring.
Should fate unkind
send us to roam,
The scent of the fragrant pines,
the tang of the salty sea
Will call us home.

Oh, Pine Tree State,
Your woods, fields and hills,
Your lakes, streams and rock bound coast
Will ever fill our hearts with thrills,
And tho' we seek far and wide
Our search will be in vain,
To find a fairer spot on earth
Than Maine! Maine! Maine!

Maine State Quarter

Maine State Quarter - FrontMaine State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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