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Mountain Creations Log Homes can provide solid cedar log home packages and cabin kits in the following Massachusetts log home building regions:

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ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Derived from the name of the Massachuset Indian tribe that lived on Massachusetts Bay; the name is thought to mean "at or about the Great Hill." NICKNAME: The Bay State. CAPITAL: Boston. ENTERED UNION: 6 February 1788 (6th). SONG: "All Hail to Massachusetts." FOLK SONG: "Massachusetts." POEM: "Blue Hills of Massachusetts." MOTTO: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty). COAT OF ARMS: On a blue shield, an Indian depicted in gold holds in his right hand a bow and in his left an arrow pointing downward. Above the bow is a five-pointed silver star. The crest shows a bent right arm holding a broadsword. Around the shield beneath the crest is a banner with the state motto in green. FLAG: The coat of arms on a white field. OFFICIAL SEAL: Same as the coat of arms, with the inscription Sigillum Reipublicae Massachusettensis (Seal of the Republic of Massachusetts). HEROINE: Deborah Sampson. BIRD: Chickadee. HORSE: Morgan horse. DOG: Boston terrier. MARINE MAMMAL: Right whale. FISH: Cod. INSECT: Ladybug. FLOWER: Mayflower (ground laurel). TREE: American elm. GEM: Rhodonite. MINERAL: Babingtonite. ROCK: Roxbury puddingstone. HISTORICAL ROCK: Plymouth Rock. EXPLORER ROCK: Dighton Rock. BUILDING AND MONUMENT STONE: Granite. FOSSIL: Theropod dinosaur tracks. BEVERAGE: Cranberry juice. LEGAL HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, 1 January; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 3rd Monday in January; Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February; Patriots' Day, 3rd Monday in April; Lafayette Day, 20 May; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Independence Day, 4 July; Labor Day, 1st Monday in September; Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October; Veterans Day, 11 November; Thanksgiving Day, appointed by the governor, customarily the 4th Thursday in November; Christmas Day, 25 December. TIME: 7 AM EST = noon GMT.

Although Massachusetts is a relatively small state, there are significant climatic differences between its eastern and western sections. The entire state has cold winters and moderately warm summers, but the Berkshires in the west have both the coldest winters and the coolest summers. The normal January temperature in Pittsfield in the Berkshires is 22°F (–6°C), while the normal July temperature is 68°F (20°C). The interior lowlands are several degrees warmer in both winter and summer; the normal July temperature is 71°F (22°C). The coastal sections are the warmest areas of the state; the normal January temperature for Boston is 30°F (–1°C), and the normal July temperature is 74°F (23°C). The record high temperature in the state is 107°F (42°C), established at Chester and New Bedford on 2 August 1975; the record low is –35°F (–37°C), registered at Chester on 12 January 1981.

Massachusetts ranked 13th in population in the US with an estimated total of 6,427,137 in 2002, an increase of 1.2% since 2000. Between 1990 and 2000, Massachusetts's population grew from 6,016,425 to 6,349,097, an increase of 5.5%. The population is projected to reach 6.9 million by 2025. The population density in 2000 was 809.8 persons per sq mi, the 3rd highest in the nation.

Massachusetts's gross state product in 2001 was the 11th largest among the states at $287.8 billion, to which general services contributed $79.9 billion; financial services, $73.9 billion; trade, $42.2 billion; manufacturing, $34.4 billion; government, $26 billion, transportation and public utilities, $16.1 billion; and construction, $13.5 billion. Output from financial services increased 39% across the period 1997 to 2001, whereas output from general services increased 34%; from trade, 25%; and from both government services and the transportation and utilities sector, about 20%. Output from manufacturing increased 17% between 1997 and 2000, but then fell 9% in 2001. As a percent of total output, manufactures fell from 14.4% in 1997 to 12% in 2001. The public sector constituted 9% of gross state product in 2001, the 2nd-lowest percent among the states where the average was 12%.

Forestry is a minor industry in the state. Forested lands cover about 3,126,000 acres (1,265,000 hectares), 76% of which are private lands. Wooded areas lost to urbanization in recent years have been offset by the conversion of inactive agricultural areas into forests. Red oak and white ash are found in the west; specialty products include maple syrup and Christmas trees. The wood and paper products industries require more pulp than the state currently produces.

Massachusetts has the 6th-largest state park system in the nation, with 38 state parks and 74 state forests totaling some 273,000 acres (110,000 hectares). There are no national forests in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts's housing stock, much older than the US average, reflects the state's colonial heritage and its ties to English architectural traditions. Two major styles are common: colonial, typified by a wood frame, two stories, center hall entry, and center chimney; and Cape Cod, one-story houses built by fishermen, typified by shallow basements, shingled roofs, clapboard fronts, and unpainted shingled sides weathered gray by the salt air. Many new houses are also built in these styles.

As of 2002, there were an estimated 2,649,029 housing units in the state, of which 2,432,176 were occupied; 64% were owner-occupied. About 52.8% of all housing units were single-family, detached homes. About 35.6% of all units were built before or during 1939. Nearly 41% of all units rely on utility gas for heating and 35.8% use fuel oil or kerosene. It was estimated that 33,515 units lacked telephone service, 9,197 lacked complete plumbing facilities, and 11,111 lacked complete kitchen facilities. The average household size was 2.55 people.

In 2002, 17,465 new housing units were authorized for construction. The median home value was $249,161, the 3rd highest in the United States. The median monthly cost for mortgage owners was $1,486. Renters paid a median of $799 per month. During 2002, Massachusetts received over $175.9 million in community planning and development aid from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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