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5 Fun Facts About August 12 In Maine History

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1. On August 12, 1902, the Maine State Legislature approved the purchase of land near Mount Desert Island to establish Acadia National Park. Today, the park covers over 49,000 acres and attracts millions of visitors each year.

2. In 1966, the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust was founded on August 12. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting and conserving natural landscapes and wildlife habitat in the Downeast Maine region.

3. On August 12, 1827, the first issue of the Bangor Daily Whig & Courier was published. This newspaper would eventually become the Bangor Daily News, which is still in circulation today as one of Maine's largest newspapers.

4. Maine native William P. MacConnell was born on August 12, 1858. MacConnell went on to become a prominent businessman and politician, serving as the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and as a U.S. senator from Maine from 1917 to 1926.

5. The town of Mexico, Maine, was incorporated on August 12, 1818. The town was named after the country of Mexico, which was then in the midst of its war for independence from Spain. Today, Mexico is a rural community of just over 2,000 residents.
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