Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Reference Desk

Maine State Seal

Maine State Seal

Maine Population Chart

Maine Population Chart

Map of Maine showing organized (white) and unorganized (green) places

Map of Maine showing organized (white) and unorganized (green) places

Photograph of the Maine State House, likely early 19th Century

Photograph of the Maine State House, likely early 19th Century

Documents/
Primary Sources

Citations and
Bibliography

Animals: Ducks, Birds, Mammals, Endangered Species

Archaeology

Capital Punsihment

Census: State & County

Climate

Colleges

Economy

Elections

Forestry

Geography

Geology

Government: State & Local

Legislature

Lighthouses

Maine History

Military/Veterans

Native Americans

Nature Preserves

Newspapers

Political Parties

Population

Pulitzer Prizes

State Parks

Weather

Women – Firsts

Boy carrying a stack of reference books

General Questions

What are the official Maine State symbols, such as the state motto, bird, flower, etc?

Population

How many people live in Maine?

How many people per square mile?

Which are the most populous communities and counties?

Geography

How large is the state?

How far is it from one town to another?

Which town is farthest north, east, west, or south?

Where are the points of land most north, east, west, or south?

What are the highest mountains?

What are the longest rivers?

What are the largest lakes?

How long is Maine’s coastline?

When did glaciers cover the state? When did they leave?

History and Government

When did Maine become a state?

Which is the oldest town?

How many counties does Maine have? How can I find something about them?

How is state government organized?

What movies have been made in or about Maine?

2 Responses to Reference Desk

  1. Michael says:

    I would like to know where county government derives its’ authority. Does it belong to the Executive Branch of state government, the Legislative Branch or neither? Is it autonomous? Do the commissioners (whether 3, 5, 7 or 9) answer to the Governor?

    • Jim says:

      Counties are a form of local government, not a branch of state government, deriving their authority from state law. Commissioners are elected and answer to their voters. See the article “Counties” for more information.

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