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Maine

  1. became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820 --- is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles --- claims America's first charted town: York, 1641 --- consists of 16 counties with 22 cities, 424 towns, 51 plantations and 416 unorganized townships --- boasts of 6,000 lakes and ponds, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 17 million acres of forestland, 3,478 beautiful miles of coastline, and 2,000 islands --- is recognized as one of the most beautiful states in the nation with summer temperatures averaging 70 F and winter averaging 20 F --- has one county [Aroostook] so big [6,546 square miles] that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island --- has one mountain which is approximately one mile high-Mt. Katahdin [5,268 ft. above sea level] --- is America's largest blueberry growing state raising 98% of  the low bush blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank consistantly in the top five in both acreage and in production nationally --- has 60 lighthouses including Portland Head Light commissioned by George Washington.                         

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