The state produces important amounts of iron, copper, iodine,

The State of Michigan has lots of unspoiled nature. For example
the nation’s longest freshwater coastline, lakes that feel like oceans,
and lots of sandy beaches. It has tons of fresh produce straight from the farms
that grow them. Michigan’s
farms grow apples, cherries, beans, pears, grapes, potatoes, and sugar beets. Michigan also has beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and so
much to do for fun. It has interesting facts that people didn’t
know about. One of those facts is that the Michigan state stone was found on
the bottom of the ocean.  

            With lakes that boarder almost all of its state lines
it’s nick name is the Wolverine State. It is also called the Great Lakes State too.
Michigan is the 26th state. It was admitted to the United States on January 26, 1837.  Michigan’s state capital is Lansing.

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            Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes. It is divided into upper
and lower peninsulas by the Straits of Mackinac that link lakes Michigan and Huron. The Upper
Peninsula, is 90 percent covered with forests. The
two parts of the state are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. It is one of the
world’s longest suspension bridges. To the north, connecting lakes Superior and
Huron, are the busy Sault Ste.
Marie Canals. In
Michigan you will find more than 100 public beaches some with really high
freshwater sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan has two National Lakeshores and
the only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes area at the Thunder
Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron. 
Michigan has 129 lighthouses. It has several maritime museums. It also
has ten shipwreck-diving preserves and some historic military forts.
Hundreds of islands are scattered in Michigan waters. Isle Royale National Park
is a remote wilderness retreat in Lake Superior where wolves and moose roam
free. Mackinac Island, located in the Straits of Mackinac, is a lush
19th-century resort community, a car-free island with an 18th-century fort and
the more than a century-old Grand Hotel, America’s largest summer resort hotel. Michigan has beautiful multi-colored
sandstone cliffs. The state produces important amounts
of iron, copper, iodine, gypsum, bromine, salt, lime, gravel, and cement.  Let’s
not forget that Michigan ranks first among the states in
production of motor vehicles and parts.  It has plants
in Dearborn,
Detroit,
Flint,
Lansing,
and Pontiac. It is also a leader in many other manufacturing and processing
lines, like prepared cereals, machine tools, airplane parts, refrigerators,
hardware, and furniture.

            The Ojibwa, the Ottawa, the Potawatomi, and other
Algonquian-speaking Native American groups were living in Michigan when the
French explorer Étienne Brulé landed at the narrows of Sault Ste. Marie in
1618. He may be the first European to have reached what we know as Michigan
today. Later French explorers, traders, and missionaries came, including Jean
Nicolet, who was searching for the Northwest Passage; Jacques Marquette, that created
a mission in the Mackinac region; and the empire builder, Robert Cavelier,
sieur de La Salle, that came on the Griffon, the first ship to sail the Great Lakes. French posts were scattered along the lakes
and the rivers, and Mackinac Island became a center of the fur trade. Fort
Pontchartrain, now called Detroit, was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe
Cadillac. This large region was held by France until lost to Great Britain in
the last battle of the French and Indian Wars. The Native Americans of
Michigan, who had lived in peace with the French, disliked the British that
were the allies of the much hated Iroquois tribes. Under Pontiac they rebelled
against the British. The rebellion began in 1763 and ended in 1766. The Native
Americans then supported the British during the American Revolution. The Native
American battle against U.S. control was ended at the Battle of Fallen Timbers
in 1794. Despite requirements of the Treaty of Paris, that ended the American
Revolution, the British held on to Detroit and Mackinac until 1796. After the
Northwest Ordinance passed in 1787, Michigan became part of the Northwest Territory.
Even after the Northwest Territory was broken up and Detroit was made capital
of Michigan Territory in 1805, the British still maintained great power over
the Native Americans, who fought on the British side in the War of 1812. In
that war Mackinac and Detroit fell to the British. Michigan remained in British
hands through most of the war until Gen. William Henry Harrison in the battle
of Thames and Oliver Hazard Perry in the battle of Lake Erie. After peace came,
pioneers moved into Michigan. Steamboat navigation on the Great Lakes and sale
of public lands in Detroit both began in 1818, and the Erie Canal was opened in
1825. Farmers came to the Michigan fields, and the first sawmills were built
along the rivers. Michigan became a state in 1837. Detroit served as the
capital until 1847, when it was replaced by Lansing. After becoming a state
Michigan improved through the building of railroads, roads, and canals,
including the Soo Locks Ship Canal at Sault Ste. Marie. At this time lumbering
was growing, and the population grew as German, Irish, and Dutch immigrants
arrived. During the Civil War, Michigan fought on the side of the Union,
contributing 90,000 troops to the cause. Michigan’s official
flag was adopted in 1911. The flag has a deep blue background and pictures an
elk and moose
around a blue shield labeled “TUEBOR,” meaning “I will
defend.” The shield pictures a man with a raised hand and a gun, a rising
sun, a peninsula and lakes. Over the shield is a bald eagle
holding an olive branch and a sheaf of three arrows, and a red ribbon reading
“E PLURIBUS UNUM”, it means “Out of Many, One”. Under
everything lie two white ribbons that read “SI QUAERIS PENINSULAM
AMOENAM” and “CIRCUM SPICE,” which means, “If you are
seeking a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” In 1994, following the
success of the summertime Pioneer Days in Negaunee, Michigan, city officials
decide to create a winter festival on nearby Teal Lake and the Heikki Lunta
Winterfest is born. Taking place in January 1995, the first festival features
activities celebrating the importance of winter to local tourism, and to the
winter activities of the residents themselves. While the festival is named for
Heikki Lunta, it does not take on an ethnic quality. It is a celebration of the
traditional outdoors lifestyle of area residents, featuring ice fishing, skiing
events, fireworks, a parade and other such things. Michigan’s state bird is a
Robin.  Its state animal is the White
Tailed Deer. It also has a state reptile, the painted turtle, and a state fish
the Brook Trout. Michigan’s state flower is the Apple Blossom; the states
wildflower is the Dwarf Lake Iris. Its state tree is the White Pine.

            An interesting fact to go along with Michigan’s state
stone is that there are no longer any living wolverines in the Wolverine State.
There was one discovered in Huron County in 2004, the first one spotted in 200
years, but it has since passed on and has now been stuffed and mounted. Another
interesting fact is the Michigan Dogman, a kind of were-wolfish-type beast, was
first spotted in Wexford County in 1887 and several times thereafter. More
recent sightings have mostly been linked to a 1987 radio station hoax, as well
as to a related 2007 video which was later debunked on Monster Quest. The J.W.
Westcott II, which operates out of Detroit, is the world’s only floating post
office, as it delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge
is another interesting fact. Along with this one as well, Michigan is home to the
first three tunnels in the world that connect two different countries: the St.
Clair Tunnel, which connects Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, and the Michigan
Central Railway Tunnel and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, both of which connect, you
guessed it, Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Along with all these interesting
facts there are some great reasons to come and visit Michigan. Get ready to be
amused. For instance, at Michigan amusement parks, classic family
entertainments meet modern-day thrills. Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon is the
state’s largest amusement park featuring more than 60 rides, including the
wooden roller-coaster Shivering Timbers and it has its own water park. How
awesome is that? Strap into a full motion flight simulator or 3D space shuttle ride
at the nearby Air Zoo in Kalamazoo.  Amusement parks can also offer up
history like embarking on a steam powered locomotive ride. There is also laser
tag battlegrounds, trampoline parks, skate parks and zip line adventure courses. Ready to go wild across Michigan? Zoos
and aquariums offer close encounters with nature’s most amazing animals.
Traditional zoos mesmerize visitors with elephants and big cats. Specialized
animal parks, sanctuaries and petting zoos help children expand their education
and get up close to smaller animals. Michigan’s aquariums reveal the wonders
beneath the waves by getting to watch penguins dive in an iceberg-shaped
penguinarium at the world’s largest aquarium at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk penguin
Conservation Center. Learn about African animals and culture and then camp at Binder Park Zoo’s family overnight
safari. How awesome! Pet an orphaned black bear at Oswald’s Bear Ranch, and see the amazing
lives of fish and aquatic animals at the Belle Isle Aquarium. The country’s oldest aquarium. Or go
to Sea Life Michigan Aquarium.
The state’s newest aquarium. The list goes on and on with Casinos for the adults, family fun at
farms and cider mills. Tons of kid’s attractions like hand-carved carousels to miniature golf courses and
museums
built for young imaginations. Then there is the 129 lighthouses that was mentioned
earlier, along with planetariums,
racetracks, and water parks. There is something for everyone
in Michigan. Come on let’s have some fun.