John River and its principal tributary, the Allagash, are the major exceptions, flowing north and then east along the northern border of Maine and turning south through New Brunswick, Can. Suspicion of outside influences left farmers slow to innovate.
As maritime trade increased in the area, so did the need for a lighthouse. Lumbering created booms towns, also, such as Bangor, for a time the world's greatest lumber shipping port.
The state is one of the world's largest pulp-paper producers. Long governed by Massachusetts, Maine became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Compromise in Companies often competed over construction of canals and dams, sometimes attempting to redirect water to serve their needs.
Well this whole state of Maine looks that way. This moving frontier left behind scores of inland towns founded on the promise of lumbering profits; sawmills provided off-season jobs for farmers, and woods operations consumed the farmers' hay, oats, beans, and potatoes.