Went to the DownEast.com trivia question and was not terribly surprised by the answer to the question:
“How did the city of Belfast get its name?”
“Many of the community’s founding fathers wanted to name their new settlement Londonderry, but a strong-willed settler, John Miller of Belfast, Ireland, made a protest and a coin was flipped. Belfast won.”
It doesn’t surprise me because Mainers – whether their families originated in Londonderry or Belfast or wherever – tend to be independent-minded. Stubborn even.
Maine’s history is full of cool little stories like this.