The Great ‘State’ of Aroostook?
Remember when there was a teenie-tiny chance that Aroostook County could become it's own state, separate from Maine? Yeah, I didn't think so. But it's true, there was legislation back in 2005 that would have allowed Aroostook to become the 51st state of the Union.
We hear it all the time, this 'Two Maines' theory. It irks me when someone downstate starts talking about 'northern Maine' only to find out they're talking about Bangor. I guess geography wasn't important to graduate down there. Now, I'm not one of those people who believes we should secede from the Pine Tree State. I do think it's an interesting concept and a new article has shed some light on other areas that also considered branching off, and what our country may have looked like.
Another thing I found interesting and made me appreciate our little corner of the world a little more was the fact that Aroostook is almost 7000 square miles and our population is approximately 72,000. By contrast, a little knob off the coast of New York called Long Island is only about 3000 square miles but has a population of 2.8 million. At least we can go somewhere to be alone.
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