MAINE, the Pine Tree State

What to see

Baxter State Park Kathadin Mountain
Augusta Lakes & Mountains of Maine
Newry covered Sunday River Bridge
Sangerville covered Bridge
Moosehead Lake Scenic Tour
Ellsworth Scenic Tour
Bar Harbor Acadia NP - Desert Mountain Island - Cadillac Mountain - Northeast Harbor
Trenton the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pond
Bangor Stephen King
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This is an extract of the main sights in this state, with small photos. You will find the full description and full-sized photos in my e-book View America: New England

In the travel series View America, this book describes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Each state is described with its own brief historical background and its main sights, points of interest and tourist attractions.

It is not a traditional travel story, but a non-commercial and more or less objective chronicle of an in-depth exploration of these states. My book does not describe lodgings, restaurants or entertainment, except where these may interact with the narrative. It is illustrated with more than 100 full-sized photos.



MAINE is also called the Pine Tree State, given its high degree of forestation. The name probably stems from of the French province of Maine, or maybe from the English word Mainland. In 1820 Maine became the 23rd state to join the US, after it had separated from Massachusetts. The capital is Augusta, and the largest city is Portland.

Maine is by far the largest of the New England states, with a surface area of about 87,000 km2. The original forestation was almost completely wiped out, but later replanting restored almost 90% of it.

There are approximately 1.3 million inhabitants, with a density of 16 per km2, but half the population lives in the southwest. After the colonization the main activity was fishing, followed by timber and shipbuilding industries. Maine also produces about 20 million kg of Maine Lobster...

The covered bridge Sunday River Bridge, built in 1870 at Bethel, is the most photographed and painted bridge in the state. Another attraction is Acadia National Park, an area of some 16,000 hectares, donated by the Rockefeller family in 1916.



NEWRY : covered Sunday River bridge

Newry proudly displays Maine's most photographed covered bridge ! The covered Sunday River bridge dates from 1872, it is approximately thirty meters long and five meters wide, and stands without any intermediate supports. We tip our imaginary hat to the professionals of that day, who were able to build such a remarkable structure !

The beams consist of six large 40 cm-high girders, riveted together with wooden dowels. On these beams, a wooden cage was built with supports, and a second set of girders on top, which support the roof. A predecessor of our hyper modern metal roof structures, riveted together in triangles, that can handle extremely large spans !

Newry : covered Sunday River bridge 1 Newry : covered Sunday River bridge 2
Newry : covered Sunday River bridge 3 Newry : covered Sunday River bridge 4


Acadia NP - Mount Desert Island - Cadillac Mountain

In Acadia National Park we visited Cadillac Mountain (1,670 ft). The road to the top is steep and winding but the views are certainly worth the effort. The panoramic views, as much along the way as on the top, make the trip to be a guaranteed success. There are beautiful and expansive vistas to be admired over the island, the ocean and the other islands.

The surface of the mountain consists of solid granite, a remnant of solidified magma from a volcanic eruption some 300 million years ago. This mountain derives its name from the French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet.

In 1688, the governor of La Nouvelle France gave him a piece of land in the area of Donaquec, on which this mountain was located. Seemingly Laumet became a bit envious of the string of additional names and conceited titles that French and English nobles loved to proclaim. And so he simply added "de La Mothe" to his family name, although this title actually belonged to a noble from his native Picardy. He happily continued expanding his name with subsequent titles, and ended up with the formidable moniker of Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, Donaquec et Mont Desert.

What's in a name?...