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An idea is born

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The Nation's Playground

With its remarkable coastline, deep-green forest, and rolling landscape, Maine has been a favorite place for visitors for over a century. During the late 1800s, trains and steamboats brought visitors to every corner of the state and the tourism industry rapidly took shape. "Rusticators" and "sports" flocked to Maine to hunt, fish, and recreate at the state's many sporting camps and grand hotels. Over the last century, tourism has grown into the state's largest industry.




AN IDEA IS BORN | NATIVE LIFE | TOURISM TODAY | FEATURED INTERVIEWS | TRANSCRIPT

HISTORY TIMELINE | ARTS & CULTURE TIMELINE | NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE | CLASSROOM | HISTORY LINKS | SITE INDEX


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HOME: The Story of Maine on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network was made in partnership with the Maine State Museum. Major funding was provided by the  Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency committed to fostering innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning. Additional funding provided by Elsie Viles.
Major funding for previous seasons of  HOME: The Story of Maine was made possible by a grant from Rural Development, a part of the USDA. Special support is provided by The Maine State Museum and Northeast Historic Films.