Michigan state quick facts
|Nickname||The Great Lakes State|
The name of the state of Michigan is derived from the Ojibwa Indian words Mishi-gama (meaning 'big water' probably alluding to the Great Lakes)
How did Michigan get its name?
Facts about Michigan state
Nicknamed Motor City and Motown, Detroit, Michigan was known as the world's automotive center and is a metonym for the American automobile industry. The world's first air-conditioned car was built in 1939 by Detroit's Packard Motor Car Company
Michigan has more fresh water coastline than any province of any country in the world (3,126 miles)
Land of Great Lakes
Facts about Michigan state
Michigan is the only state in the United Sates that touches four of the five Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan, Erie and Superior)
Michigan is the only state in the United States to have two peninsulas. Residents of UP (Upper Peninsula) are jokingly called Yoopers (UPers) by the residents of LP (Lower Peninsula) Residents of LP are jokingly called 'trolls' (since they live below the Mackinac Bridge, the bridge that connects the two peninsulas) by the residents of UP
UP + LP = Michigan
Michigan has America's only floating post office. J.W. Westcott II is a boat known for its delivery of mail to ships while they are underway. It operates out of Detroit, Michigan, and is the only floating zip code in the United States. Any mail addressed to members of ships' crews on vessels transiting the Detroit River can be delivered to them via J. W. Westcott II by being addressed "(Vessel Name), Marine Post Office, Detroit, Michigan, 48222."
Only floating zip code
Michigan is home to the first tunnel in the world that connected two countries (St. Clair Tunnel connects Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel and Detroit Windsor Tunnel connect Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Tunnel to a foreign country
World's first concrete road was laid on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Robert Douglas Baker, who spent 60 years in road building business and invented several road building techniques and machinery, was the man behind that pioneering work in 1908.
First concrete road
The Kalamazoo Mall is the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States
Pedestrian shopping mall
Michigan grows about 70% of tart cherries (Sour cherries) produced in the United States (Washington state is the leading producer of sweet cherries in the United States) Traverse City, Michigan claims to be the "Cherry Capital of the World", hosting a National Cherry Festival and making the world's largest cherry pie.
Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state in the United States.
Land of Lighthouses
In 1846 Michigan became the first state in the United States, as well as the first English-speaking government in the world to abolish the death penalty
Michigan state facts
In 1805, the U.S. Congress created the Michigan Territory, with Detroit as its territorial capital. Michigan statehood request was denied in 1832 due to a dispute with Ohio over the 468-square-mile Toledo Strip which included the city of Toledo. Michigan was forced to accept the western three quarters of the Upper Peninsula in exchange for ceding its claim to the Toledo Strip and Michigan became the 26th state on January 26, 1837, with Detroit as its first capital. The capital was relocated to Lansing in 1847, due to the need to develop the western portions of the state and for easy defense from British troops stationed in Windsor, Ontario.
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the busiest airport in Michigan.