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Lansing, Michigan 48901-7925
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In 1837 Michigan became the Union’s 26th state. The
capital is Lansing.
Although Michigan’s nickname is the “Wolverine State”,
it seems that there are no longer wolverines living in the state.
Michigan is bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin,
Ohio, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The five largest
cities in the state are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights,
Flint and Warren.
Agriculture in Michigan includes dairy products, apples, blueberries,
cattle, vegetables, hogs and corn. Industry in the state includes
motor vehicles and parts, machinery, fabricated metal products, food
processing, chemical products, mining and tourism.
The state symbols are:
Flower is the apple blossom
Wildflower is the dwarf lake iris
Bird is the robin
Mammal is the white-tailed deer
Tree is the white pine
Reptile is the painted turtle.
Didja know ....?
- Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
- Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668.
It’s the third oldest remaining settlement in the United
- The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach
Stop # 6 or No.VI.
- The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital
of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the
process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning
of the dry cereal industry.
- Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first
soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor
was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to
serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later,
the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious
- Michigan is the only place in the world with a
floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in
the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway.
They have been operating for 125 years.
- Michigan has more than 11,000
inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.