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3.0 Maine

State Name origin - It is really not known how the name for this state originated. One theory suggests that the state was named by French colonists after the French province of Mayne. Another mentions that "Main" was a common term to describe a mainland.

Nickname - The Pine Tree State: This common nickname for Maine is given because of the extensive pine forests that have covered the state. The White Pine is considered to be the largest conifer in the northeastern United States and some of the tallest trees in eastern North America grew in Maine. The White Pine has played an important part in the history of Maine and has been afforded appropriate recognition. In the early days of colonization, the tall White Pines of Maine were valued for ship's masts.

Residents - People who live in or come from Maine are called Mainers. Variants of this are Maine Staters and State of Mainers. You may also hear Mainers referred to as Down Easters (because of the eastern longitudes of the state).

Official State Symbols

•Animal - Moose
•Berry - Wild Blueberry
•Bird - Chickadee
•Drink - Moxie
•Cat - Maine Coon Cat
•Fish - Landlocked Salmon
•Herb - Wintergreen
•Insect - Honeybee
•Soil - Chesuncook Soil Series
•Song - State of Maine Song
•Tree - White Pine


Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • We are also called Mainiacs. And the tall pines were and are still called the kINGS PINES because the king of England used them for his ship's masts. THe five needle pine is the most common pine and the native Indians boiled the needles into a tea for vitamin C . There are pich pines and punkin pines also.

    2012-01-18 22:59:47



by vaxvms See Profile edited by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2006-11-18 11:33:22

Maine is not only the largest state in New England, it's also larger than all the other New England states combined. It's divided into eight regions: South Coast; Greater Portland & Casco Bay; Mid Coast; Downeast/Acadia Region; Western Lakes & Mountains; Katahdin/Moosehead Region; Kennebec & Moose River Valleys; and Aroostook County.

Things to do

Maine Vacations
Submitted by Dominokat

Touring the Maine Coast
Submitted by Dominokat

by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2006-11-11 20:52:11

Maine encompasses nearly all of the outdoor beauty and cultural pleasures that New England offers as a whole.

Visit Maine

Maine Office of Tourism - Link submitted by vaxvms See Profile.

Campgrounds in Maine - Link submitted by chiefeyes See Profile

by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2007-06-07 09:36:35

Here is a time-line of Maine's history:

Maine's History Timeline

Maine Historical Society

by Dominokat See Profile edited by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2010-10-03 15:57:20

Maine has several skiing opportunities for all levels. Pro, novice, beginners and, don't forget the first timer getting lessons! You can take a weekend getaway or ski during your lunch break. There are plenty of budgets to fit your need. It's up to you so bring along your snow board, skis or tube and have fun!

Maine Ski Areas, Conditions and Events

by Dominokat See Profile edited by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2007-12-03 22:15:05

Maine Homepage

by vaxvms See Profile edited by sashwa See Profile
last modified: 2006-11-11 00:14:54