Maine State
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Maine State collage of images.
Maine State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Maine as the 23rd state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Maine.

State Name:
Maine

Abbreviation:
ME

Capital:
Augusta

Date of Statehood:
March 15, 1820

Population:
1,321,505 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
Maine's blueberry crop is the largest in the nation, raising 98% of the low bush blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank 3rd in acreage and 3rd in production nationally.

Primary Industry:
Maine is nationally famed for its shellfish; over 46 million pounds of lobster were harvested in 1997. The total of all shellfish and fin fish harvested was approximately 237 million pounds with a total value of $273 million in 1997.

Nickname:
The Pine Tree State

Motto:
Dirigo (I lead)

Flower:
White Pinecone and Tassel (Legislation of 1895)
Picture of the White Pinecone and Tassel, the official state flower of Maine.

Tree:
White Pine (Legislation of 1895)

Bird:
Black-Capped Chickadee (Legislation of 1927)
Picture of the Black-Capped+Chickadee, the official state bird of Maine.
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Fish:
Landlocked Salmon (Legislation of 1969)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1975)

Gemstone:
Tourmaline (Legislation of 1971)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Maine.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Maine.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Maine.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Maine state.
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