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Maine Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 26, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Maine ranks 46th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Maine is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the New England region. Maine is some 35 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 1.3 million people. The state is divided into 16 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Maine we have discovered historical markers in 91 cities and towns lying in 87 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Maine? There are least 437 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 435 historical markers and 91 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 514 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another two historical markers in Maine that we donít yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Maine marker in the database, Bonney Park, was added May 28, 2007. It was photographed in Auburn in Androscoggin County. The last one added was submitted on February 1, 2020, and titled Eggemoggin Reach History. It is near Brooksville in Hancock County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Maine was erected in 1859. It was this one: Reverend William I. Reese, and one of our correspondents found it in Portland in Cumberland County on December 12, 2011.

Maine Historical Categories
109 • Waterways and Vessels
96 • Industry and Commerce
86 • Patriots and Patriotism
81 • Man-Made Features
57 • Civil War
56 • Settlements and Settlers
43 • World War II
38 • Forts or Castles
34 • Colonial Era
31 • Revolutionary War
    ... and more ...

Mainers donít want to forget their Waterways and Vessels history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Maine about Waterways and Vesselsó109 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 96 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Waterways and Vessels category was also Bonney Park, added May 28, 2007. It had been erected in Auburn in Androscoggin County. The last one submitted was submitted on October 22, 2018, and titled A rich fishing tradition continues year-round. It had been erected in Weston in Washington County. The earliest marker erected with the Waterways and Vessels category that we have listed was erected in 1905. It is The Voyage of Captain George Waymouth, found in Thomaston in Knox County on April 20, 2012.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Maine? What we know is that John Ford Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from Maine since it was added in 2009. It is located in Portland in Cumberland County. This year so far, the most viewed Mainer entry is located in South Portland in Cumberland County. It is Liberty Ship Memorial.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Maine county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Cumberland County, with 87 of them. It is followed closely by Hancock County with 79 markers. The Portland area of Cumberland County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 35. In Hancock County the area with the most markers, 46, is Bar Harbor.

Historical Markers in These
Maine Counties
87 • Cumberland County
79 • Hancock County
68 • Waldo County
51 • Kennebec County
50 • York County
45 • Washington County
40 • Knox County
36 • Penobscot County
30 • Sagadahoc County
12 • Lincoln County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Maine with the most markers we again find Bar Harbor at the top of the list with 46 markers in or near it. It is followed by Augusta in Kennebec County with 40 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 04609 at the top of the list with 46 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 04609 is assigned to Bar Harbor ME.) It is followed by ZIP Code 04330 with 36 markers. (04330 is assigned to Augusta ME including the Chelsea, Sidney, and Togus delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
Maine Cities and Towns
46 • Bar Harbor
40 • Augusta
35 • Portland
31 • Belfast
28 • Bangor
22 • Bath
21 • South Portland
17 • Searsport
15 • Calais
14 • Thomaston
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Cumberland County, the first marker added to the database from there, Franklin Street Wharf, was added July 7, 2009. It was erected in 2007 in Portland. The last one submitted was uploaded on January 23, 2020, and is titled Birthplace of Ellen G. White and was erected in 1983, in Gorham. The earliest marker erected in Cumberland County that we have listed was erected in 1859. It was Reverend William I. Reese, found in Portland on December 12, 2011.

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By Steve Stoessel, July 20, 2017
Latest Entry from Maine
“Eggemoggin Reach History”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Bar Harbor. The first: Frenchman Bay, was added December 13, 2009. The last: Drink in the View added on August 5, 2017. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1897: Civil War Memorial, added on April 14, 2012.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in Maine today. A number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Maine have been marked with history. Check out Somerset County, Oxford County and Hancock. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Maine might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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