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5 Fun Facts About December 6 In Maine History

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1. Maine became a state: December 6, 1820, marks the day that Maine officially became the 23rd state in the United States.

2. The Great Fires of 1947: On December 6, 1947, a series of devastating fires broke out across the state of Maine. The fires, which were caused by a combination of dry weather and strong winds, destroyed over 200,000 acres of land and an estimated 2,500 buildings. It is still considered one of the worst natural disasters in Maine history.

3. The Wreck of the Portland: On December 6, 1898, the steamship Portland, which was traveling from Boston to Portland, Maine, sank off the coast of Cape Cod during a severe winter storm. All 192 passengers and crew on board perished in the disaster, making it the deadliest maritime accident in New England history.

4. The Katahdin: On December 6, 1914, the steamship Katahdin was launched in Bath, Maine. The Katahdin was one of the most famous steamships in Maine history, ferrying passengers and freight between Bangor and the Penobscot Bay for over 60 years.

5. The Santa Claus Club: December 6th is also the day that the Santa Claus Club began in Portland, Maine in 1923. Each year, the club collects donations to provide Christmas toys and gifts for underprivileged children in the local area. The tradition has continued for almost a century, and has helped thousands of Maine families during the holiday season.
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