Fun Facts About Michigan
Michigan was the 26th State to join the Union on January 26, 1837. The current Governor is Rick Snyder, and the current Senators are Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Lansing is the Capital City of Michigan. The State Bird is a Robin, the State Flower is the Apple Blossom and the State Tree is the Eastern White Pine. Michigan has the 11th largest area of all the states and the 8th largest population. We can continue making you think that Michigan is one of the most boring places in the country by listing more of these dull facts, or we can provide you with a list of FUN FACTS!
1. Detroit, Michigan is considered the car capital of the world. Detroit, Michigan’s Packard Motor Car Company actually manufactured the first air-conditioned car.
2. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to utilize open enclosures. This allowed for certain animals to roam and be somewhat free of the constraints of a cage.
3. The world’s longest freshwater shoreline is located in Michigan.
4. With the exception of counties with a population 130,000, Michigan law prohibits the buying or selling of a car on Sunday.
5. Michigan was the first state to abolish the death penalty.
6. Michigan has unofficially been known as the Wolverine State. However, there are no wild wolverines currently residing in the state.
7. The official nickname of Michigan is the Great Lake State. Michigan touches 4 of the 5 great lakes: Huron, Michigan, Erie and Superior. You will never be further than 85 miles away from one of them, while in Michigan.
8. Michigan is home to the only “Mail Boat” in the United States. The J.W. Westcott II delivers mail to ships on the Detroit River.
9. The world’s first concrete road was laid on a street in Detroit, Michigan.
10. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in America, totaling close to 150.
11. Michigan is home to two towns with opposing names: Paradise, Michigan and Hell, Michigan.
12. The first traffic light to control a four-way intersection was installed in Detroit, Michigan.
13. Ginger Ale was invented in Detroit, Michigan.
14. Cereal was invented in Battle Creek, Michigan. It is now the home of the Kellogg’s Cereal company headquarters.
15. Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Serena Williams were all born in Michigan.
16. There are about 20 million acres of forest in Michigan, covering close to 53% of the State.
17. The University of Michigan was the first State University in the country.
18. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the United States. It is almost 5 miles long.
19. It is technically illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant in Michigan.
20. Motown Records was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1959.
21. Michigan was the first state to establish public libraries and public schools in it’s State
22. Citizen’s of Detroit, Michigan were the first to be assigned a telephone number.
23. Colon, Michigan is considered the Magic Capital of the world. The town is home to a large number of magic shops, including the world’s largest magic shop and hosts an annual Magic Festival.