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5 Fun Facts About January 15 In Maine History

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1. In 1929, the Penobscot River Logging Drive reached Bangor, Maine, after a 220-mile journey from the forests in northern Maine. The river drive brought millions of logs downstream to be milled in Bangor and other towns. It was a major industry in Maine for many years.

2. On January 15, 1820, Maine became the 23rd state in the United States. Until then, it had been a part of Massachusetts. The state capital is Augusta, and its largest city is Portland.

3. In 1870, the U.S. government opened a lifesaving station on Seguin Island, off the coast of Maine. The station was staffed by a crew of surfmen who would rescue sailors in distress. The station was in operation until 1964 and is now a museum.

4. Bangor, Maine, was once known as the "Lumber Capital of the World." In the late 1800s, it was the largest lumber port in the world. The city also had a thriving shipping industry, with ships sailing to Europe and South America.

5. In 1953, a powerful storm hit the Maine coast, causing widespread damage and flooding. The storm, known as the "Great Flood of 1953," caused over $25 million in damage and killed 14 people. Many towns along the coast were completely destroyed, and it took years for the region to recover.
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