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5 Fun Facts About June 27 In Maine History

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1. On June 27, 1872, Maine passed a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol except for medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes. This was known as the Maine Law and was a forerunner to the national Prohibition movement.

2. In 1944, a group of eight German prisoners of war escaped from a camp in Houlton, Maine. They were eventually captured or turned themselves in, but the incident sparked fears of espionage and sabotage during World War II.

3. The Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile hiking trail that runs from Maine to Georgia, passes through several towns in Maine including Monson, Caratunk, and Andover. June 27 is a popular day for hikers to pass through the state on their journey.

4. A historic building in Ellsworth, Maine, known as the Old Post Office, was built on June 27, 1931. The building served as the town's post office until 1964 and is now home to a law office.

5. Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine at 5,267 feet, was designated a national park on June 27, 1916. The park is home to many species of wildlife including moose, black bears, and bald eagles, and is a popular destination for hiking and camping.
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