From the story behind the first women voters to the last legal log drive in America, It Happened in Maine takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the intriguing characters and episodes from the Pine Tree State’s past.
Read about the vision that sparked Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, as well as how a couple of entrepreneurs managed to sell more than two million shares of stock in a company created to make gold from seawater. You’ll meet Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, the first female fly rod angler, and Abbie Burgess, a woman who became a lighthouse keeper when she was only a teenager.
Many of the people and events from Maine’s past are well known, but many are not. Did you know that one of the shortest championship title fights in history – the one between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston – took place in a small youth center in Maine? Or that a few determined colonists from tiny Machias helped inspire the start of the American Navy? Did you know that Maine is the only state to declare war on a foreign country? Or that it’s the birthplace of chewing gum?